Archos 80 Xenon: 3G-Capable, SIM-Unlocked Android Tablet

Android tablet maker Archos has unveiled its latest addition to the Elements line of slabs. The Archos 80 Xenon is an 8-inch tablet that boasts 3G capabilities (apart from WiFi connectivity) and comes SIM-unlocked. This means you could simply choose which carrier SIM you install it with, including pay-as-you-go SIM cards.

“We designed the ARCHOS 80 xenon to meet the growing need and desire for large screen connectivity while on the go,” says Archos CEO Loïc Poirier in a press statement. “Taking advantage of the recent arrival of affordable 3G subscriptions, the ARCHOS 80 xenon provides a full connected tablet experience anywhere, anytime.”

The 80 Xenon tablet comes with a vanilla version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, an unnamed 1.2GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor, an IPS display with 1024 x 768 resolution, a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 4GB internal storage (expandable to 64GB via microSD card). For the Android app junkies, you would be pleased to know that this tablet comes with proper Google Play credentials, enabling you to access up to 700,000 apps directly from the Android app market. No more sideloading, thank goodness!

The device also comes with built-in GPS, Archos Media Center apps, and a full suite of Google Mobile apps–including Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps, Google Drive, and Google+ (with multi-user video calling).

The Archos 80 Xenon tablet is set to hit shelves this June for a mere $200, which is at par with competing devices in the market.

Source: Archos, via Engadget

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