Archos reveals cheap 8in Android tablet with 3G

Archos this week unveiled an 8in Android tablet with built-in 3G set to debut next month for £160.

The Archos 80 Xenon runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and comes packed with everything Google: Play, Talk, Maps, Drive, Google+, and the Google Now digital assistant. With the built-in GPS, you'll be able to check in using Foursquare or Facebook and get directions with Google Maps.

The tablet features a 1,024x768 IPS multi-touch display, a 1.2-GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage expandable to 64GB via MicroSD slot, and a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera.

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

Archos said the integrated 3G HSPA modem can accept SIM cards from any operator, even pay-as-you-go SIM cards. It can also connect via Wi-Fi and 2G networks, and there's support for SMS and MMS.

Earlier this week, Archos revealed the ChefPad, a 9.7in tablet intended for cooking enthusiasts. That includes a Chef Apps section, a selection of the best cooking apps ranging from recipes, cooking tips and cooking TV to cooking assistant apps. The ChefPad also runs Android 4.1, but only connects via Wi-Fi. It goes on sale in June for £149.99.

Back in February, Archos announced a line of Android tablets called Platinum, and last month it made a move into phones with new Android-based smartphones and phablets.

To see how the Archos 80 xenon stacks against other similarly-priced tablets, see ITProPortal's review of the Google Nexus 7, our Editors' Choice, which boasts a crisper 1,280-by-800 display. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD has the same display and also starts at £159 for the 7in Wi-Fi model. Amazon also offers a 4G LTE version of its 8.9-inch Fire HD and, of course, there is also Apple's iPad mini.