Archos 79 Xenon


Archos 79 XenonNotebook: Archos 79 Xenon (Xenon Series)
Processor: unknown
Graphics Adapter: PowerVR SGX544
Display: 7.9 inch, 16:9, 1024x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.32kg
Price: 300 euro
Average Score: 70.2% - average
Average of 5 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 80%, features: 81%, display: 80% mobility: 80%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Archos 79 Xenon

70% Archos Tablet/Phone 79Xenon
Source: Gadgetspeak English
It is 19.7x13.4x.7cm and weights 315grams. The viewable screen is 12x16cm. The unit is cream in colour with a silver back. An Android Tablet with an added plus it can be used when Wi-Fi is not available so it can be a phone or with the correct service with Mobile Data. So what does this recent offering from French company have to offer the user?
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/13/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 80%
60% Archos 79 Xenon
Source: Gadget Show English
If you’re looking for Apple styling but with a much lower price-tag, the Archos 79 Xenon could be the slate for you, but for the price, you’d be better served by the higher-res and higher-spec Nexus 7, which is just £30 more and nets you double the storage, a better screen and faster guts under the hood. If you want a true iPad mini, you’ll have to fork out the premium for it. The 79 Xenon is a nice attempt by Archos to imitate Apple’s tiny tablet, but it just doesn’t measure up - and we’d much rather see an original effort rather than a copycat.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%

Foreign Reviews

81% Archos 79 Xenon
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/25/2014
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 79% features: 81% display: 80% mobility: 80%
80% Archos 79 Xenon
Source: PC News - Heft 3/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Archos 79 Xenon en test : une tablette 3G intéressante par son prix
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/21/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%



The Archos 79 Xenon tablet falls into the budget range and has some impressive specifications. At first glance, the tablet looks mighty familiar to the iPad mini and is good looking especially for its price. It boasts a slightly premium look which very few tablets manage to reach these days.

It comes packed with an A7 Quad-Core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB DDR3 RAM and 8 GB Flash. This makes it a capable tablet for the average, not too fussy user. Storage capability can be extended up to 64 GB using the MicroSD slot and this gives it the much needed media flexibility. There is a rear 2 MP camera and a 0.3 MP front shooter, which is adequate.

The Archos 79 Xenon comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google Maps and capability to access a multitude of applications of the Google Play store. Its display is a 7.85 inch IPS TFT Multi Touch display at 1024 X 768 pixel resolution, which is decent. This is a 3G device with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, which makes it a nice on-the-go device. Weighing at 320g and decent battery life, users will definitely not have issues carrying the Archos 79 Xenon as a secondary device. 

PowerVR SGX544: OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible with 4 pixel and 2 vertex shaders

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

unknown: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This display size is a threshold between tablets and smartphones. Most tablets have larger screen diagonals but a lot of smartphones offer such a big screen.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.32 kg:

This weight is somewhat high for a smartphone. Smartphones with a big screen and small tablets weigh as much, usually.

Archos: Archos is a French consumer electronics company that was established in 1988. The company manufactures portable media players and portable storage devices. Archos has developed a variety of products, including digital audio players, PVPs (portable video players), digital video recorders, and a personal digital assistant. The first laptop reviews appeared in 2008/2009. The global market share of Archos laptops is quite limited.

70.2%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

Acer Iconia Tab A1-841HD
SGX544, Mediatek MT8389
Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-841
SGX544, Mediatek MT8389
Lenovo Yoga 8
SGX544, Mediatek MT8389
Lenovo IdeaTab A8-50 A5500
SGX544, Mediatek MT8121
Prestigio Multipad 7.9 inch
SGX544, Mediatek MT8389
Gigaset QV830
SGX544, Mediatek MT8125
Dell Venue 8
SGX544, Atom Z2580
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8
SGX544, Mediatek MT8389
MSI Primo 81
SGX544, unknown

Devices with the same GPU

Lenovo Tab2 A7-10F
SGX544, Mediatek MT8121, 7.0", 0.27 kg
Lenovo A10-70-59409034
SGX544, Mediatek MT8312, 10.1", 0.56 kg
Archos 101 Xenon
SGX544, Mediatek MT8389, 10.1", 0.63 kg
Asus Fonepad 7 FE170CG
SGX544, unknown, 7.0", 0.29 kg
Asus FonePad 7 ME372CL
SGX544, Atom Z2560, 7.0", 0.333 kg
MSI Primo 93
SGX544, unknown, 9.7", 0.62 kg
Acer Iconia A3-A11 3G
SGX544, Mediatek MT8389, 10.1", 0.57 kg
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000 3G 59-374506
SGX544, Mediatek MT8389, 7.0", 0.34 kg
Asus Fonepad ME175CG
SGX544, Atom Z2420, 7.0", 0.34 kg
Lenovo Ideapad A10
SGX544, Mediatek MT8121, 10.1", 0.5445 kg
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000-F
SGX544, Mediatek MT8125, 10.1", 0.6 kg
Lenovo S5000-F
SGX544, Mediatek MT8125, 7.0", 0.246 kg
Lenovo IdeaTab Yoga Tablet 10-59387956
SGX544, Mediatek MT8125, 10.1", 0.61 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

Archos 101 Magnus Plus
Mali-T760 MP4, RK3288, 10.1", 0.57 kg
Archos 101b Platinum
SGX544MP2, unknown, 10.1", 0.565 kg
Archos 80b Helium 4G
Mali-T760 MP2, Mediatek MT8732, 8.0", 0.43 kg
Archos 101 Oxygen
unknown, unknown, 10.1", 0.57 kg
Archos 80 Cesium
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Atom Z3735G, 8.0", 0.37 kg
Archos 79 Platinum
Mali-400 MP4, RK3188, 7.9", 0.366 kg
Archos 101 Neon
Mali-400 MP4, RK3188, 10.1", 0.69 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2014-02-26 (Update: 2014-02-26)