Archos Announces A New Family Of Affordable Android Smartphones


Archos has today unveiled a new family of affordable Android smartphones aimed at budget-conscious consumers and emerging markets who wish to get their hands on a capable device that doesn’t cost too much. There are three devices in the lineup, ranging in price from $99 to $250.

Archos 35 Carbon

The Archos 35 Carbon, pictured top, is the smallest and the cheapest of the trio, priced at just $99. It has a 3.5-inch display with a HVGA resolution, a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, and 4GB of internal storage. It also has two VGA cameras — one on the front and one on the back – and it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.


Archos 50 Platinum

The Archos 50 Platinum falls into the middle of the lineup, priced at $219, and it has significantly better specifications. In addition to a 5-inch display with a qHD resolution, it also features a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm 8225 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage.

The 50 Platinum has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of shooting 720p video, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It will be running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, and it has dual-SIM functionality.


Archos 53 Platinum

The Archos 53 Platinum is the most expensive of the three devices, priced at $250. It’s also the largest, packing a 5.3-inch display. But aside from its larger display, the 53 Platinum has the same internals as the 50 Platinum, including the same processor, the same cameras, and the same 4GB of internal storage.

All three devices will make their debut in Europe at the end of May, but it’s currently unclear when and where they’ll rollout after that.