More details on the Archos 97 Xenon specifications, thanks FCC


The Archos 97 Xenon, the second tablet from the Elements line of products does not seem to be very popular, not much has been said on this 3G tablet since it has been released a few weeks ago. Thanks to the FCC we now have a few pictures of the tablet internals to learn more details about the tablet specifications.

Inside the Archos 97 Xenon

The following pictures show somes details about the Archos 97 Xenon chipset:
Qualcomm PM8058: power management IC
TriQuint TQM7M5013: Quad-Band GSM / GPRS / EDGE-Linear Power Amplifier Module made for use with Qualcomm QTR/RTR8600 WEDGE solutions
Atheros AR6003: Single-chip 802.11b/g/n WiFi
Qualcomm QTR8200: RF Transceiver

The 97 Xenon seems to be sourced from Foxda manufacturer in China, with model Foxda 8933.
The tablet system on a chip (SoC) on this machine is described as a Qualcomm Snapdragon running at 1.4 GHz, probably a processor from the Snapdragon S2 family such as the MSM8255 or similar (MSM7230, MSM7630, APQ8055, MSM8655)


The FCC page listing the equipment mentions a 3.7 V, 3 000 mAh battery, which we can see in the internals pictures below. There seem to be a second battery on the picture, which would be quite necessary to give a decent battery life due to the IPS screen and the 3G components on this tablet.

Archos 97 Xenon specifications

Operating System Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
CPU 1.4Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU
(probably an ARM Cortex A8 Snapdragon S2, such as the MSM8255 at 1.4 GHz to be confirmed)
Flash Storage Memory Capacity: 4 GB
System Memory 512 Mb
Additional storage Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible up to 32GB)
Display 1024×768 IPS
Capacitive MultiTouch
3G WCDMA/HSPA 850/1900 Mhz
Bluetooth No
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
Gravity Sensor Yes
Camera 0.3 MPx front-facing only
2.0 MPx back
Interfaces MicroSD slot
USB host
Android Market / Google Play Yes
Kickstand No
Dimensions 248 x 188 x 11,5 mm
Weight 650 g

Our opinion

Specifications wise, the Xenon appears to be quite limited, with 512 Mb of memory and a relatively old processor. The Archos 97 Xenon is available on Archos Store only in some countries and currently sells at €329, a price we are judging quite high for a device of that kind, which does not make the Xenon look very attractive even compared to an older Archos G9 tablet with the internal 3G Stick.

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Pictures by FCC, product filled under reference SOVAC97XEUS
Archos 97 Xenon product manual at FCC
Archos 97 Xenon product page at

Via (in French)


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