Archos intros two Graphite series smartphones with dual-lens cameras that cost less than $150


French company Archos is well-known for its cheap products, which, most of the time, provide excellent value for money. Just like every other year, Archos is one of the first companies to announce its new lineup for Mobile World Congress.

Yesterday, we reported about the Archos 101 Saphir, an Android Nougat-based rugged tablet that will be launched on the market sometime in June.

Now Archos is back with two new products: the 50 Graphite and 55 Graphite. Just like the rugged tablet, both smartphones will be available for purchase in June for prices starting at €130. They should be released in all countries Archos sells its products, including the United States.

What makes these budget-friendly smartphones impressive is the fact that Archos added a couple of features that handset makers usually save for high-end devices.

For example, both phones come with dual-lens cameras, comprising of 13MP with autofocus and LED flash and 2MP modules, which should produce sharper images with more details as well as ultra-wide angle and shallow depth field (also, known as Bokeh effect).

Also, Archos 50 Graphite and 55 Graphite come with rear-mounted fingerprint sensors, which are said to unlock the phones in less than 0.3 seconds. They allow users to save up to five different fingerprints.

When it comes to hardware, they are less impressive. The Graphite duo comes equipped with 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processors and 16GB of internal memory (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card).

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The 55 Graphite packs 2GB of RAM, but the 50 Graphite includes just 1GB RAM inside. Another difference between the two smartphones is the size of the display. The former sports a large 5.5-inch inch IPS panel with HD (720p) resolution, whereas the latter comes with a much smaller 5-inch HD display.

Since the 55 Graphite has a larger display, it makes sense to be powered by a bigger 3,000 mAh battery. Its smaller brother drains energy from a 2,400 mAh battery instead.

Lastly, both smartphones run Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box and come with dual-SIM and 4G LTE support, as well as USB Type-C ports.

source: Archos

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