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Archos 97 Xenon review

Archos 97 Xenon
Archos 97 Xenon
Archos 97 Xenon

If there’s one thing that tablet buyers will always appreciate, it’s lower prices. Enter Archos, a manufacturer who—even though it isn’t getting as much attention as it deserves—is doing a nice job of delivering low-cost products powered by the Android operating system. Lets take the Archos 97 Xenon for instance. It's got both a wallet-friendly price tag and a respectable set of features.

The 97 Xenon comes equipped with a 9.7-inch 1024x768 screen, which is the type of screen that the first-generation iPad came with. Its default operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (That means there’s a pretty good chance that it will get an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.) There’s built-in 3G connectivity and support for HSDPA data, which users should be able to take advantage of because of the 8-hour battery life. Other hardware features include a 2MP main camera, a front-facing VGA cam, a microUSB port, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi connectivity, and support for microSD cards.

The 512MB of onboard RAM onboard might be a cause for concern, especially for those who intend to do a lot of multi-tasking. But other than that, the rest of the features paint a picture that’s pretty impressive.

The tablet market is only now starting to get crowded with low-cost mobile computing solutions powered by the Android operating system. If you’re looking to spend marginally on a tablet and willing to compromise a bit on the features, then something like the Archos 97 Xenon should have you covered.

Need to Know: Archos 97 Xenon

1. Default OS is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (The Good)

2. Affordable price tag and long battery life. (The Good)

3. Limited amount of internal memory with only 512MB of RAM. (The Bad)

4. Screen only barely supports HD content. (The Bad)

Operating system
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
2+ MP

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Screen Size

The Archos 97 Xenon's screen size is 9.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.4 GHz

There is a 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 2+ MP camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery.

97 Xenon Specs

Release Date December 31, 2012
Regions Available USA
Operating System No

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Processor 1.4 GHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 512 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Mobile / Cellular Data
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Unknown
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs
Wi-Fi 802.11
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
2+ Megapixels
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
VGA (640 x 480)+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 9.7 inches
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 24.8 x 18.8 x 1.1 cm (9.8 x 7.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 650 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
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