Archos - a French electronics manufacturer, mostly popular for its affordable Android devices – has just lifted the veil on some of its new devices that will make their debut at MWC 2014. The manufacturer will try to woo us with two new smartphones, a phablet, and "the industry's first 8-inch 4G tablet under $381 (£229)
" next week. Well, let's see what Archos has in store for us!
The Archos 50c Oxygen is arguably the most interesting among the newly-announced Archos devices. The smartphone is powered by a MediaTek MT6592 SoC, the first true octa-core chipset in the world
, clocked at 1.7GHz. The Archos 50c Oxygen has a 5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (resulting in a so-so pixel
density of 293 ppi). 1GB of RAM and 8GB of native storage can be found on board, as well. The 50c Oxygen also sports an 8MP BSI rear camera and a 2MP front snapper. The smartphone runs Android 4.2
Jelly Bean out of the box. Oh, and the price? Archos says that the 50c Oxygen would set you back $331 (£199).
The Archos 64 Xenon is the French manufacturer's first true phablet. It comes with a pretty large 6.4-inch IPS display, which has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. This means that the screen of the 64 Xenon has 229 pixels per inch – well, you wouldn't call this one "detailed". The SoC of choice is, again, a MediaTek one – a quad-core MT6582, clocked at 1.3GHz. The phablet comes with a 2800mAh battery, which should provide a pretty decent battery life. However, the device sports only 4GB of internal storage - you'd have to make use of that microSD card slot. The whole shebang is priced at $331 (£199).
The Archos 80 Helium 4G tablet is a new addition to the LTE-capable Helium line of Archos devices
. The slate sports a quad-core Snapdragon 400 SoC, running at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, and 8GB of native storage. The 8-inch display features a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, resulting in a rather disappointing pixel density of merely 160 ppi. The Archos 80 Helium 4G is the only one among the newly-announced Archos gadgets that comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. If you decide to give it a go, the tablet will cost you $381 (£229.99).
Archos also unveiled the music-centric 40b Titanium smartphone, which comes with dual front stereo speakers. The affordable device is powered by a dual-core MediaTek MT6572 SoC, clocked at 1.3GHz. It has a 4-inch display display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The 40b Titanium has 1GB of RAM and 4GB of native storage. Fortunately, a microSD slot comes to the rescue. The underwhelming 1400mAh battery in the back, however, is quite disappointing. The entry-level Archos device is priced at $165 (£99).
via Android Central