Archos had no more patience to wait until next week’s Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona and has already revealed three upcoming Android based budget smartphones: Archos 50c Oxygen, Archos 64 Xenon and Archos 40b Titanium. Is not as if these devices won’t enjoy Mobile’s World Congress spotlight as well, but probably the company is taking in consideration the competition that is there waiting for its devices, so such a strategy of presenting them ahead MWC seems more than ideal. Like that, we have plenty of time to find out details about their performance and pricing, to think of the possibility of buying them or not and this is exactly what we want to present you:
Archos 50c Oxygen
The 50c Oxygen version comes with a 1,280×720 resolution IPS display and houses a Mediatek MT6592 octa-core processor running at 1.7GHz. In terms of memory, it is paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, but don’t worry about this number as long as it can be easily increased by using the included microSD card slot.
When it comes to its 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, you should know that it is also capable of 1080p video recording; and Archos has made a nice surprise to all those using two SIMs as long as it has added dual SIM-card slots especially for them. As for the OS, this 50c Oxygen device features Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, but we must tell you that the company makes no mention of an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat in its official press release; we’ll probably find out for sure at week’s MWC.
Archos 64 Xenon
Archos 64 Xenon is an extra-large smartphone, or even a phablet as some might say, due to its 6.4 inch 720p resolution screen. This model that we have here only combines a quad core processor with 1GB of RAM, unlike the octa-core processor that we have just talked about as powering the 50c Oxygen model, but things don’t look at all bad in this case either.
This giant handset also comes with an 8MP rear-facing camera along with a secondary 2MP front-facing camera, not to mention the flexibility of dual-SIM card support also available for this Archos 64 Xenon in order to manage two different provider networks simultaneously. And as you are expecting, it features Android Jelly Bean OS version with full access to Google Mobile apps and Google Play store, letting you to continue your routine by enjoying the latest apps and games, movies and books, or other content waiting there for you.
Archos 40b Titanium
The 40b Titanium is the low-end device of this new line, so its hardware might not be as impressive as the one that can be found on the other two models that we have just presented you. But, we are sure that plenty of you are interested on a device that gets the power from a dual-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.3GHz paired with 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage, also packing a decent 4-inch, 800×480 display.
Other specs include both a 5MP camera and a VGA front-facing one, not to mention the enhanced audio system and those dual-front facing speakers which are presented as being perfectly able to deliver a ‘pure stereo sound’, as the company claims. So, unlike the other models, this Archos 40b Titanium is aimed at music lovers, as well as at Android fans, although we are only talking about Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The good news is that the Archos company never skins its Android handsets with a custom user interface, so we don’t expect this 40b Titanium to be different. You’ll only enjoy a pure Android experience, just as it should be!
We have presented you the most important specs and features of this upcoming Archos budget smartphones, but how affordable could they actually be? As our source confirms, it is already known that all these three Archos devices should be priced around $199, but we’ll be back with further details on this subject after MWC.