Snapdragon-powered Archos 50d Helium runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, costs $129

Snapdragon-powered Archos 50d Helium runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, costs $129
Not long after announcing the MediaTek-based 50 Helium Plus and 55 Helium Plus, Archos today unveiled another new Android handset, this time powered by a Qualcomm processor, and called 50d Helium.

If you're not familiar with Archos, we can tell you that the company (based in France) is known for releasing affordable smartphones with decent features. That's also the case with the 50d Helium, which will be available for $129, unlocked.

Running Android 5.1 Lollipop, the Archos 50d Helium offers LTE and dual SIM support, and sports a 5-inch IPS display with 720 x 1280 pixels. The handset has a 5 MP front-facing camera to take care of your selfie needs, and a 13 MP camera with LED flash on back. Other features include a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory, microSD card support, and a 2100 mAh battery. The new Archos smartphone also comes with "two soft, stone finished interchangeable backs in Storm Blue and Stone Grey to perfectly match your taste."

Starting later this month, Archos will sell the 50d Helium in the US and Europe. Do you think the handset is worth $129?


sources: Archos, Press release (PDF)

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10 Comments

1. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

front panel looks like oneplus one >_>

2. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

A steal in my mind for those that are not spec wh*res.

5. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

but face it. 2GB ram is a must for android. I've seen what a mess it can be on 1GB.

3. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

What stone like real stone?

4. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The front is very OnePlus One-ish, but I think it's quite a steal at this price. Not to mention Archos provides a close-to-stock Android ROM (basically stock Android a few Archos apps bundled in, including a quite capable video player IIRC, but little to no bloatware), and its 50 Diamond was a really good device with a sturdy build. From the looks of it, the screen-to-body ratio is not great (it has a bigger footprint than a 5.2-inch Moto X, for instance), but besides that, it looks like an interesting device. Plus, a Snapdragon 410 SoC is pretty decent and is completely okay with a $129 price tag.

6. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well in 129$ it's a really good phone with good built quality with Is rare in this price tag.

7. waddup121 unregistered

Looks great!

8. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Reminds me a lot of Oneplus one. Sandstone..

9. ResDragon

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 03, 2015

Specs remind me of those leaked for the next gen Moto G, without the dual-LED flash and a smaller battery. Motorola better note the price, because this looks like the closest apples-to apples competitor.

10. cyborg009

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

Manufacturers should stop with 1GB RAM. They should atleast give 2GB.

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