French electronics company Archos has unveiled 4 new low-cost smartphones the company will launch at Mobile World Congress next week. The new phones are all powered by MediaTek processors, feature screen sizes ranging from 5 inches to 6.3 inches, and they’re all priced under $200.
The top-of-the-line model is a 5 inch phone called the Archos 50 Oxygen Plus. It has a 5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display, a MediaTek MT6592 octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, and Android 4.4 KitKat software.
The phone has an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, a 2,000mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage, plus a microSD card slot. Archos will begin selling a 3G model for under $200 starting in March, with a 4G LTE model coming in June.
Archos also has 3 new phones with MediaTek MT6582 quad-core chips. All three are 3G phones that feature Android 4.4, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, microSD card slots, and dual SIM card slots. And they all have 720p IPS displays, 8MP rear cameras and 2MP front cameras.
But the new phones come with different screen sizes and battery capacities:
- Archos 52 Platinum: 5.25 inch screen, 1750mAh battery, and $158 price tag
- Archos 59 Xenon: 5.9 inch screen, 2500mAh battery, and $145 price tag
- Archos 62 Xenon: 6.2 inch screen, 2300mAh battery, and $170 price tag
That’s 2 fairly dated Cortex A7 MediaTek chips, even if these are positioned as a steal at sub 200 but to do not 2 but 4 devices off ’em??.. Man sometimes I don’t know how Archos stay in this game and just gun for fast volume success for the heck of it.
well the cheapest LTE phone with IPS display, dual-sims, supporting both ATT and T-Mobile US LTE bands is the one i am getting…
Is there a small android media player(like ipod) with a recent processor and Android version with a decent amount of drive space? Is everything in that size a phone?
I use to buy Archos back in the day. Chinese OEM pretty much took over their niche at this point.
“Archos 50 Oxygen Plus” Who comes up with names like this?!
Noice now everyone can share the pain.
Best of luck… you may need it.
The Archos59 at $145 sounds like a good deal, the 5.9 inch screen is ideal to read and watch videos very comfortable.
Blu is already in this space and actually has reasonable customer service (not great) and actually puts out updates. Oh yeah, cheaper too.
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