Hands-on review: Archos 64 Xenon

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Archos has unleashed a monster in the 64 Xenon. With its 6.4-inch display, this is a phablet to put the HTC One Max and LG G Pro 2 to shame.

That is, if larger is always much better. When it come to the Xenon, I ‘d suggest that’s not the case.


This behemoth will show somewhat too unwieldily for the majority of hands, and it seems like getting rid of some of the unneeded excess bezel would go to some means to taking care of that issue.

But if you do not mind a phone that’ll demand both hands to make use of, there are some solid positives – including the ₤ 199 (around US$ 335, AU$ 375) cost.


That 6.4-inch HD IPS display has a 1280 x 720 resolution, the like the Archos 50c Oxygen’s 5-inch display. Nevertheless we discovered it to be pleasingly bright and crisp, specifically when we tested it with some videos.


Another professional packed into this cost effective phone is the rear 8MP video camera with LED flash, which is likewise efficient in 1080p video. We were truly able to value exactly how good the pictures looked, particularly on that huge display.


There’s less to be passionate about on the back of the device though. The brushed metal surface doesn’t feel too elegant, while the power and volume buttons, as opposed to being placed on the sides, are actually on the back to the edges.

It felt uncomfortable to use them, and particularly considering the size it took our fingers a while to find the right button when needed.


Inside, the quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and 1GB of RAM are unremarkable, however felt enough and offered smooth performance throughout our play. It’s just a shame that it feels a little behind the times with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

4GB of internal memory also feels a little bit too meager. Luckily that can be changed via the MicroSD slot.


Early verdict

The Archos 64 Xenon is as huge as it gets, but if the size does not put you off then you are taking a look at a reasonably-spec ‘d, budget-priced phablet with a respectable screen to boot.