Archos’ first Android smartphones announced, wallet-friendly with stock Android

Archos’ first Android smartphones announced, wallet-friendly with stock AndroidFrench manufacturer Archos has being going mental with its Elements range, quite frankly, announcing four Titanium tablets in January and quickly following up with three Platinum devices in February.

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”.

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matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 19, 2013 at 14:05

The biggest of the three looks really nice IMO, especially considering its price tag. Okay, its specs may be more 2012 than 2013 but it's selling for $250, that'll be what, £220? Lets not forget that it has stock Android, too, always a bonus when it comes to updates.

AhmadCentral  Apr. 19, 2013 at 15:14

europe? ok....

Good luck selling them in europe.,..

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 19, 2013 at 16:12


barrybarryk  Apr. 19, 2013 at 17:28

I'd happily buy the archos 50 platinum, £200 odd quid for a well spec'd phone off contract? what's not to like. Sure there are more powerful phones out there but that doesn't stop those specs from being perfectly capable. I'll wait to see what the build quality is like but as long as it has a decent amount of onboard memory and a microsd slot I'll be considering it.

Edit:"Stepping up the range, the Archos 50 Platinum costs £179.99, for which buyers get a significant upgrade: the operating system is boosted to the more recent Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, the RAM to 1GB and the processor to a Qualcomm quad-core Cortex-A5 running at 1.2GHz. Storage remains at 4GB, expandable via micro-SD, while the IPS screen size is increased to 5in with a 540x960 resolution and the rear camera is bumped up to an eight megapixel model. "
Yeah for £180 you're not going to do much better than that

AhmadCentral  Apr. 19, 2013 at 17:36

For a dual sim phone it's horrendously overpriced. You can get much better phones at that price. Even the onboard radio is quite poor as it only supports HSDPA. Resolution of the screen is poor as well.

The only plus here is that it's made by a reputable company. I guess it's not bad for the price if you've never had a dual sim phone before.


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