Archos Unveils New Smartphones, Android Tablet
Mobile World Congress is coming up next week in Barcelona, and Archos is going to be there to show off their latest gadgetry, including new smartphones and tablets. Archos unveiled a trio of budget tablets a few weeks ago, and they’re back again today with another tablet and 3 smartphones.
The Archos Helium 80 4G, which is shown at left, runs Android 4.3 Jelly bean on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU. It features an 8″ screen, 1GB RAM, 8GB Flash storage, and a microSD card slot. It also has a pair of cameras (5MP and 2MP), Bluetooth, Wifi, A-GPS, and most importantly it will also have 4G.
That last detail is something of a surprise, given that this tablet is expected to cost $249. That’s $50 less than the Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet, and the Helium 80 4G has much better specs. That makes this tablet one of the cheapest Android tablets to feature 4G LTE capabilities.
The 3 smartphones are going to come in a variety of screen sizes ranging from 4″ to 6.4″, and will cost either $119 or $199.
According to the press release the Archos 40b Titanium is going to sit alone and unloved at $119. This phone is an update to an existing model, and it has a low resolution 4″ screen and runs Android 4.2 Jelly bean on a dual-core 1.2GHz MediaTek CPU. It has 4GB Flash storage, a microSD card slot, Wifi, Bluetooth, and a pair of cameras (VGA and 5MP).
The Archos 50c Oxygen is going to cost considerably more, and it might have the specs to justify the price. It too will be running Android 4.2 Jelly bean on a MediaTek CPU, only this time it will be one of the newer 8-core chips. This phone has a 5″ 1280 x 720 screen with 1GB RAM, 8GB Flash storage, 2 cameras (8MP and 2MP), Wifi, Bluetooth, and A-GPS.
The Archos 64 Xenon is going to be bigger, but not necessarily better. It has a 6.4″ screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720. Like its smaller siblings it will be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, this time on a quad-core Mediatek MT6582 CPU with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of Flash storage, and a microSD card slot.
Like the Archos 50c Oxygen, the Archos 64 Xenon is expected to retail for $199.