Starting in May, customers in Europe will be able to pick up an carrier unlocked, unsubsidized Archos phone for as little as $100.
All of the Archos phones feature WiFi, Bluetooth and HSPA+ as well as FM audio and A-GPS. They all come with Google’s stock Android user interface, access to the Google Play Store, and Archos Media Center software.
For $100 you get a pretty basic phone called the Archos 35 Carbon, which features a 3.5 inch, 320 x 480 pixel display, a 1 GHz Qualcomm 7225A processor, 512MB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.
The Archos 35 Carbon does have a few nice touches including an IPS multitouch display, an ambient light sensor, and a microSD card slot. But there’s no mistaking this budget phone for a high-end device.
It has VGA cameras on the front and back and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Next up is a phone with a 5 inch, 960 x 540 pixel display, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean software, and a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm 8225Q quad-core ARM Cortex-A5 chip.
The Archos 50 Platinum has 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. There’s an 8MP camera on the back, and a 2MP camera on the front. The phone has a 2000mAh battery.
Archos plans to charge $220 for an unlocked Archos 50 Platinum. While that’s more than twice as much as the price of the Archos 35 Carbon, it’s still a pretty good price for a phone with these specs (although just 4GB of built-in storage for apps and media is pretty underwhelming).
The top-of-the-line Archos 53 Platinum has a bigger screen and a bigger battery than its smaller sibling. The rest of the specs are pretty much the same.
Equipped with a 5.3 inch, 960 x 540 pixel display and a 2800mAh battery, Archos says you should be able to get up to 15 hours of talk time over a 3G network with this phone, which is more than 50 percent more than you’d get with the 5 inch model.
Like the Archos 50 Platinum, this phone has 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Android 4.1.2 software, and a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm 8225Q quad-core CPU. This model has a suggested retail price of $250.