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

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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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posted on 18 Feb 2013, 07:13 6

1. drpain (Posts: 85; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

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

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 07:22 4

2. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 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.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 07:42 2

4. buccob (Posts: 2699; Member since: 19 Jun 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...

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 15:35

20. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 15:46

21. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:34 1

8. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

Agreed. Archos gives Android a bad name.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 09:32

11. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

would rather buy nexus 4 than this crap

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 16:17 4

22. hepresearch (unregistered)

You must have never had cancer before...

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 07:24 2

3. wildcard (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)

their love that model that all

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 07:59 3

5. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 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??

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 16:18 1

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...

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:08

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?

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:13

7. ryq24 (Posts: 771; Member since: 17 Oct 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.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:50 3

9. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Archos.. the Chinese manufacture of Europe.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 09:24

10. nikenturd (unregistered)

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

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 09:52

12. pkiran1996 (Posts: 166; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 09:59 1

13. lilg29 (Posts: 89; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

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

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 10:15 1

14. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

Apparently original phones designs are no longer considered necessary.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 10:48

15. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 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.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 10:49

16. BinMorris76 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Feb 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?

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 11:26 1

18. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Actually, Archos is a French company...

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 11:17 2

17. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 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.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 16:21

24. hepresearch (unregistered)

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

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 14:39

19. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 16:24

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...

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 17:55

26. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 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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