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Archos Diamond 2 Note and Diamond 2 Plus: Android Marshmallow and attractive specs at low prices

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Archos Diamond 2 Note and Diamond 2 Plus: Android Marshmallow and attractive specs at low prices
Archos this week announced two new Android handsets that will offer attractive features at accessible prices. Part of the French company's Diamond series of devices, the new handsets are called Archos Diamond 2 Note and Archos Diamond 2 Plus. Both run stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and are powered by 64-bit octa-core MediaTek processors: MT6795 X10 (Diamond 2 Note) and MT6755 P10 (Diamond 2 Plus).

The Diamond 2 Note is an extra-large smartphone that sports a 6-inch IPS display with 1440 x 2560 pixels (Archos says that this display is "borderless", though we'll have to see the handset in real life to say if that's true, at least to some extent). The device also features an 8 MP front-facing camera, 16 MP rear camera with 4K video recording, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, and a 3610 mAh battery with fast charging.

The Diamond 2 Plus is smaller than the Diamond 2 Note, as it's got a 5.5-inch IPS display with 1080 x 1920 pixels. The handset further offers a Sony-made 20.7 MP rear camera (apparently sans 4K video recording), 8 MP front-facing camera, and a fingerprint scanner on the back. Also on board are 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal memory, a USB Type-C port, and a 3000 mAh battery with quick charge support.

Both the Archos Diamond 2 Note and Diamond 2 Plus come with LTE connectivity, dual SIM support, and microSD card slots. Archos doesn't say what materials it's using to manufacture the Diamond 2 Note and Diamond 2 Plus. It could be metal, or just plastic that's made to look like metal (we're guessing it's the former). In any case, the handsets don't look bad.

The Diamond 2 Note and Diamond 2 Plus will be available in May for $279 and $229, respectively, in the US, Canada, and Europe (via Archos' official website). Interested?

source: Archos (Diamond 2 Note, Diamond 2 Plus)

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posted on 19 Feb 2016, 11:25 2

1. xocomaox (Posts: 161; Member since: 14 Dec 2015)

Unfortunately ruined by the weak SoC. But you sometimes do get what you pay for.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 18:43

8. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

SD 650 will be alot better :-/
helio X10 for $279 is too much, even $180 phone use than chip (other spec are fine tough)

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 23:25

9. Mrmark (Posts: 303; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)

What's the difference in cost for an old 805snapdragon its not like budget phones need 64bit chips

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 11:36 2

2. Busyboy (Posts: 637; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)

Diamond 2 Note tho.... 2k display, 8+16MP camera's with 4k, 3GB of RAM, Helio X10 processor, and a 3610mAh battery for less than 300$? Impressive

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 12:06 2

3. drifter77 (Posts: 287; Member since: 12 Jun 2015)

Yeah but good luck pushing 2k on Helio X10.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 12:36

4. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3371; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

The two chipsets being used should only be used on 1080p devices, the note will suck but the plus won't be half bad.

They look like meizu phones.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 12:40 1

5. catt4u (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

The Archos Diamond 2 Plus with 4GB ROM, 64GB RAM, expandable memory/dual sim, quick charge, and 5,5 inch screen for 1/3 the price of the iPhone 6S or Galaxy S6 with comparable memory (not expandable though) is a bargain IMO.

If you don't need the best of screens and/or the best soc out there I think this is a very good offer from Archos.

Just curious what material the phone is made of.
But considering cheep Chineese offerings like the Bluboo are made of metal also, that would be awesome.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 13:12 1

6. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 1010; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)

Its a beautiful phone. Looking like a Mate 7. LG G5 should learn something about design from this phone.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 14:24

7. Anterv (Posts: 178; Member since: 09 Jul 2014)

Ironically Plus version has smaller screen, while being more expensive to make. That just shows why so many manufacturers adopt gigantic screens.

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