Archos to soon introduce its first smartphones, Galaxy S III look-alike will take flagship role

Archos to soon introduce its first smartphones, Galaxy S III look-alike will take flagship role
Archos is a company you probably know mostly for its affordable Android tablets, but that is about to change soon as the manufacturer will deliver its first smartphones in April. Archos has chosen Android as the platform for its new smartphone series and kick it off with three devices launching at once.

The most interesting one is a Galaxy S III look-alike, the Archos 48 Platinum, a flagship device with a 4.8-inch IPS display with a 800 x 1,280-pixel resolution and the popular MediaTek MT6589 chipset with a 1.7GHz quad-core processor. The best thing about the Archos 48 Platinum is its price - it will only cost 249 euro (around $335) at launch, which is slightly more than a third of other flagship devices. The device will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Of course, the quad-core MT6589 is not quite on par with the Exynos 4412, but nonetheless its a pretty impressive chip for its price. Performance is expected to be around 50% to 60% of that of the Samsung device. The flagship Archos 48 Platinum will go on sale in May.

Next on the list is the Archos 52 Titanium, a 5.2-inch Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-based smartphone. It will obviously be an even more affordable solution given its 480 x 800-pixel display and dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM. There is no info on its price yet though.

Finally, Archos will also ship a purely low-end device in the form of the Archos 35 Carbon. This smartphone will feature a 3.5-inch 320 x 480-pixel screen, a single-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and 512MB of internal storage (expandable via microSD cards). The Archos 35 Carbon will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and cost only 90 euro (around $120) at launch.

source: Hi-Tech

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26 Comments

1. drpain

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

I'd rather get cancer than use an Archos product.

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

It might have a chance in the low to mid- range category, imo. Yeah, maybe give Sammy or Apple a run for the "money". From us 47%ers.

4. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

They used to be great when ipods and multimedia players were the rage.... But after their 2006 products, they started following an Apple strategy, which for a small company with such low fan base, made no sense.... They started using proprietary connections, selling accessories separately, and quality and innovation decreased. Today I fondly remember my Archos AV500 which had so many functions, that people got confused with futuristic PDAs in 2005... Things that not even smartphones of today can do... like Digital Video Recording straight from an RCA connection... But now that's history and today I agree with your comment... and it is sad to see how low they have fallen to blatantly rip off the Galaxy S3 design... This year belongs to Sony and Samsung...

20. xmusicianguy

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

I agree. I've had several Archos devices. The Multimedia Jukebox, The AV320 and the AV500. They were great products!

21. xmusicianguy

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

(yes I'm replying to myself, no way to edit) I also had the Archos AV420.

8. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Agreed. Archos gives Android a bad name.

11. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

would rather buy nexus 4 than this crap

22. hepresearch unregistered

You must have never had cancer before...

3. wildcard

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

their love that model that all

5. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

i can't believe a company like archos will copy sammy's design.. it just not right.. does the designer just too lazy to think of another design??

23. hepresearch unregistered

Really? Everybody's phones look the same to me these days... just one slate after another, some bigger, some smaller, some thinner...

6. GeekMovement unregistered

Wonder what's up with all the phone design copying... is the Sony Xperia Z and LG Optimus Pro next to be copied?

7. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

So many phone brand it's a matter of time before one by one they will start to fall. Even some of the current big players will fall.

9. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Archos.. the Chinese manufacture of Europe.

10. nikenturd unregistered

Archos sucks man....their brand name is synonymous to bad quality control

12. pkiran1996

Posts: 166; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

The second picture with the stylus looks exactly like the Note II...

13. lilg29

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

Better be happy this is Samsung and not Apple, Apple would go buck wild trying to sue if they saw this.

14. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Apparently original phones designs are no longer considered necessary.

15. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I had an archos G9 101, decent cheap tablet, touch screen was too inaccurate for word processing, so I got the Xperia tablet S to replace it.

16. BinMorris76

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

Clearly a Sammy design rip off if these images are legit. Just wondering.... can anyone confirm if Archos a poor Chinese to Engrish translation. I'm guessing it should read A$$holes?

18. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Actually, Archos is a French company...

17. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I understand what you guys mean, personally would buy a Nexus 4, if I didn't have a SGNx. However, don't cut the hand the hand that feeds you. HTC, MOTO, and Samsung are the minority. Android is synonymous with cheap and affordable devices. Look beyond the bubble, e.g. Brazil, India, Central America, most of the people in these countries can't afford an expensive device.

24. hepresearch unregistered

A cheap device is decidedly better than no device... in most cases.

19. Martine

Posts: 102; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

People said Galaxy S3 design was ugly but two companies have already copied that design.

25. hepresearch unregistered

I have heard iPhone owners say that the Galaxy S3 design is ugly, and then say that it is also a blatant copy off of their iPhone, which they further insist is some sort of iconic beauty among mobile phones, in its own rite. Can anyone say, "Duh?" Personally, I still think they are all getting to look the same these days. Its just one slate after another...

26. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Archos is LOL. However, that one game tablet thing they have with the built in controls, I wouldn't mind one of those.

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