CES 2014: Archos announces 4G-capable Helium 45 and Helium 50 smartphones

CES 2014: Archos announces 4G-capable Helium 45 and Helium 50 smartphonesArchos is one of those companies that seems permanently just outside the mobile industry mainstream, which is probably why it chose to draw attention to its new Android smartphone duo before CES 2014 had even started.

They're called the Helium 45 and Helium 50, run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and will be hitting the UK later this year priced at £199 and £239 respectively.

The chief difference is in the screen size, with the Helium 45 offering a 4.5in display and the Helium 50... well, you can probably guess.

In terms of resolution you're talking 854 x 480 and 1280 x 720 respectively, which is about what you'd expect considering the price tags.

That's not the only point of difference, however: while the Helium 50 gives you 8GB of on-board storage, an 8MP camera plus a second 2MP front-facer, the Helium 45 only offers 4GB of storage, a 5MP rear snapper and a VGA cam up front.

On that basis you'd have to say the Helium 45 is a bit pricey considering how far short it falls of its bigger brother, but others may feel differently.

What they share is a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with Adreno 305 graphics, 1GB of RAM, a microSD expansion slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and – impressively – 4G LTE support.

There's no word yet on exactly when the Archos Helium 45 and Helium 50 will be available, but they'll no doubt touch down in their home market France first, before heading across the Channel.

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