Archos is adding two new smartphones to its lineup, and they appear to be mid-range Android handsets at reasonably low prices. The Archos 45 Helium 4G and Archos 50 Helium 4G are coming soon with prices starting at $200 for a contract-free phone.
They’re not bad-looking phones, but Motorola doesn’t have much to worry about — the $179 Moto G still looks like a better value in most areas.
Archos 50 Helium 4G
The larger of the two phones has a 5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel IPS display, a Qualcomm MSM8926 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor with Adreno 305 graphics, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage.
It has an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G LTE capabilities.
The phone will ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but Archos says it will be upgradeable to Android 4.4 KitKat. The Archos 50 Helium 4G has a 2000mAh battery, and has a price tag of $250.
Archos 45 Helium 4G
Archos also has a model with a 4.5 inch, 854 x 480 pixel IPS display, 4GB of storage, a 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front-facing camera. The Archos 45 Helium 4G has a 1700mAh battery and a suggested price of $200.
The rest of the specs are pretty much the same as those for the Archos 5 Helium 4G.
If these two phones had come out a few months ago, they might have looked like pretty good devices for the price. But now that you can get a $179 Motorola Moto G with a 4.5 inch, 720p display, 8GB of storage, the latest version of Android, the low-priced smartphone space is a bit more competitive.
The Archos phones do have two key advantage over Motorola’s budget smartphone: The Moto G doesn’t support LTE networks, but the Archos Helium 4G phones do. The Archos handsets also have microSD card slots for extra storage space — something that’s not available on the Moto G.