Archos 80 Titanium review

Impressive build and slick performance go some way towards making up for this cheap tablet’s disappointing battery life

4
Price when reviewed 
129

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Archos has a reputation for producing affordable technology, so it’s no surprise its 80 Titanium is among the cheapest tablets we've seen. What’s remarkable is that this isn’t a plasticky 7in knockoff. Instead, the 80 Titanium boasts a large, 8in display that’s both bright and colourful, and a solid chassis that feels like it’s been made to last.

The only sign of budget-cutting, outwardly at least, is the 768 x 1,024 display. Power it on and it looks instantly grainier than much of the competition. Its an IPS panel, so viewing angles are wide, but in terms of outright brightness it can’t compete with our award-winners, hitting only 320cd/m[sup]2[/sup] in our tests. Colours and contrast are good, however, and images on the 80 Titanium’s screen look a good deal more lively than some of its bugdet competitors.

Archos 80 Titanium

The Titanium’s specification follows a similar pattern, which is to say it’s middling, but works perfectly well. For your money, you get a 1.6GHz dual-core ARM A9 processor backed up by 1GB of RAM. This arrangement performed well in our tests, coping fine with high-end games: Dead Trigger and Reckless Racing 2 barely slowed down, and Rayman Jungle Run was smoother still.

In everyday use, the OS felt just as slick, with little sign of slowdown or judder when swiping between homescreens, navigating menus and scrolling, panning and zooming around web pages. Archos has left its installation of Android 4.1.1 largely untouched, too, with only a couple of proprietary apps preinstalled.

When it comes to looks, the Titanium belies its low price tag. Its metal rear panel feels robust and looks smart, and its white bezel stands out in a Labs full of glossy black. It’s a touch heavy at 440g, and a little thick, too, at 10mm, but this ensures there’s plenty of room for a bevy of connections.

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Detail

Warranty1 yr return to base

Physical

Dimensions154 x 10 x 200mm (WDH)
Weight440g

Display

Screen size8.0in
Resolution screen horizontal768
Resolution screen vertical1,024
Display typeLCD
Panel technologyIPS

Battery

Battery capacity4,400mAh

Core specifications

CPU frequency, MHz1.6GHz
Integrated memory8.0GB
RAM capacity1.00GB

Camera

Camera megapixel rating2.0mp
Focus typeAutofocus
Built-in flash?no
Front-facing camera?yes

Other

WiFi standard802.11n
Bluetooth supportno
Integrated GPSyes
HDMI output?no
Video/TV output?no

Software

Mobile operating systemAndroid 4.1.1

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