The SECAM Atari 600XL was announced and listed in advertisements in magazines but eventually, it was never produced; after some delay, the SECAM Atari 800XL was finally available in France, but months after the PAL 800XL. Unlike the PERITEL Atari 800, the video signal available on the PERITEL/SCART connector of the SECAM Atari 800XL is not limited to 8 but to 128 colours.
This SECAM model available in Q4 1984 drastically reduced the total cost of owner ship, compared to a PAL Atari 800XL with RGB video converter.
PAL vs. SECAM versions
Inside the machine
Using 'PEEK' commands in BASIC to find out about the OS, Basic and GTIA versions.
For your information, the results are:
PEEK(53268) = 1 [PAL/SECAM]
PEEK(65528) = 140 [Not a 400/800]
PEEK(65527) = 2 [XL OS Rev. 2, 1983-05-10, 800XL(most)/65XE(most)/130XE(most)]
PEEK(43234) = 234 [Atari BASIC Rev. C]