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Archos smartphone range offers stock Android from £79.99


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Archos has unveiled a range of affordable smartphones that will offer the stock Android experience for as little as £79.99.

No stranger to Android thanks to its work with the tablet format over the years, Archos is now turning its attention to the smartphone format.

In offering a pure Android experience at rock bottom prices, it certainly has the potential to carve out a niche for itself.

Archos 35 Carbon

The Archos 35 Carbon is the entry point to the range, offering a diddy 3.5-inch 480 x 360 IPS screen, a 1GHz Qualcomm 7225A processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a VGA camera.

It runs on Android 4.04 Ice Cream Sandwich with no custom UI, and it'll cost just £79.99.

Archos 50 Platinum

Further up the range, the Archos 50 Platinum is considerably beefier. It sports a 5-inch 960 x 540 IPS display and a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm 8225Q CPU, backed by 1GB of RAM. There's only 4GB of internal storage, but like the rest of the range it comes with a microSD slot.

Add in an 8-megapixel camera and stock Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and you have a reasonably specced mid-ranger for just £179.99.

Archos 53 Platinum

Finally, we have the Archos 53 Platinum. As the name suggests, it's very similar to the Archos 50 Platinum, with largely the same specs. However, the 53 comes with a slightly larger 5.3-inch display and slightly meatier battery to accompany it.

The 53 Platinum is priced a little higher at £199.99, too.

Stand-Out Features

One of the main gripes critics have had with leading Android manufacturers like Samsung, HTC and Sony is their insistence on using their own custom interfaces over the perfectly wonderful Android OS. By providing a Google Nexus 4-like experience for an even lower price, Archos could be onto something.

Another interesting shared feature across the range is dual-SIM capability, which will allow users to run two mobile contracts simultaneously from a single phone.

We'll have a better idea of how successful these tactic will be when the Archos 35 Carbon, Archos 50 Platinum and Archos 53 Platinum launch from the end of May.


April 19, 2013, 1:45 pm

Dual SIM? Sign me up! Wish we just had some more pixels in there. Android is a pixel hungry system. And with no mouse to tediously drag across the entire screen, I want more pixels!


April 19, 2013, 2:09 pm

Apparently the HTC One M7 has a 4.7" screen with an amazing 1920x1080. But whoever keeps fitting these phones with crap batteries (M7 has 2300mAh - not great for a 4.7" screen) needs a slap in the face. Why do these idiots think 2-10 hours of use will keep us happy? My S2 dies after 2 hours of gaming.
The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx could be the one for me. With a 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inch display and 3300mAh battery.


July 2, 2013, 7:16 pm

Luke you heard of games consoles? Why do so many people whinge and moan about MOBILE PHONES having crap battery lives, then reveal they spend hours playing GAMES on them? If they were meant to spend hours playing games on, they would have immense battery capacities, you think?

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