Certainly no stranger to tablets, Archos has finally joined the Android smartphone race, with no less than three devices, predictably pitched at entirely reasonable price-points.
The trio will debut in Europe at the end of May, which makes it all the more baffling that the prices are given in US dollars.
For starters, the Archos 35 Carbon has a 3.5in HVGA display (see what they did there?), single-core 1GHz Snapdragon S1 processor, 512MB of RAM, a VGA camera duo, and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). It weighs in at $99.
Moving up the spec ladder, the Archos 50 Platinum and Archos 53 Platinum share the same internals, but with 5in and 5.3in displays respectively, and price tags of $219.99 and $249.99.
The specs for the big boys include 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processors, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear cameras, 2MP front shooters, and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, presumably).
In any case, you’re getting “pure un-skinned Android”, IPS displays, and dual-SIM compatibility.
Oddly, the middle chap - the Archos 50 Platinum - is pegged as the flagship, perhaps ‘cause it allows Archos to say stuff like: “an experience similar to a Samsung Galaxy S3 for half the price”.