Archos 80 Helium 4G tablet promises cheap LTE thrills

Archos 80 Helium 4G tablet promises cheap LTE thrillsThere aren't too many 4G-ready tablets around, but their number increased by one today with the launch of the Archos 80 Helium 4G.

Announced ahead of Mobile World Congress, which starts on Monday, it's comfortably the cheapest LTE tablet around too, with Archos' latest due to come in at just £229.99.

Like we've already seen from LG this week, Archos has only semi-launched its latest tablet, giving us a smattering of specs but keeping mum on other details, including when it'll be available.

But let's focus on what we do know: in accordance with Archos' recent naming policy, the “80” in Archos 80 Helium 4G means 8in, and for a price-sensitive device the 1024 x 768 resolution of the IPS display isn't a huge disappointment.

The 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU is about what you'd expect too, and it's supported by Adreno 305 graphics, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, expandable by microSD card.

There's a pair of cameras on board – a 5MP unit on the rear with autofocus, LED flash and 1080p video recording, and a 2MP job up front. Completing the deal hardware-wise is a 3500mAh battery, which isn't great. Likewise that it's just Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and not the newer KitKat.

Archos hasn't revealed which version of Android will be on board, and we hope that's not because it's Jelly Bean and not Android 4.4 KitKat.

Overall, then, the Archos 80 Helium 4G's LTE capability is probably its standout feature, and the otherwise unremarkable spec is matched by fairly unremarkable looks too.

But if you're after 4G on your tablet it may well be the cheapest way to get it – whenever the 80 Helium 4G actually goes on sale, that is.

Via Archos

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