Archos is a brand you’ve certainly heard of if you were ever in search of a cheap Android-powered tablet. The French company releases many models each year, and in Europe its wares are pretty well-selling too. In fact, if you go by the sheer number of different tablets put out so far, Archos will surely get a place on the podium.
One thing the company hasn’t ever made so far are smartphones. But that’s about to change, if the following rumored info turns out to be correct.
Apparently, Archos is busy working on not one, not two, but three different Android-based smartphones that it will announce and release at some point in the coming weeks and months. We were expecting nothing less of the company that rarely announces ‘just’ two new products at a time (usually it’s many more).
Naturally, this being Archos after all, these upcoming smartphones will all be very affordable, much more so than similarly-specced offerings from more well-known brands.
The Archos 35 Carbon will be the smallest of the group, with a 3.5-inch 320×480 touchscreen. It will be low-end too, coming with a single-core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 512 MB of built-in storage space, microSD card support, 3G, dual-SIM support, and a 1,500 mAh battery. It will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and should arrive in April costing just €90, unlocked.
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While not the biggest of the bunch, the Archos 48 Platinum will be the flagship offering in the company’s nascent smartphone portfolio. It’s rumored to have a 4.8-inch 1,280×800 IPS touchscreen, a quad-core 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT6589 processor, 3G and maybe even LTE (the chipset supports it, but it’s unclear if it’s going to be in), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and FM radio. It will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Archos 48 Platinum will become available in May for just €249.
The Archos 52 Titanium will be the largest handset of the three, with a huge 5.2-inch touchscreen. Sadly though, its resolution will be 480×800, so you’ll be able to count pixels all day long. This device will also have a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of built-in storage space, a 5 MP rear camera, and a 2,200 mAh battery. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be running the show. This model will arrive in April for a yet-unspecified price.
Obviously Archos isn’t about to give up on making new tablets either, so the company is said to be working on the 116 Platinum, an 11.6-inch slate with an unknown resolution – but should be higher than 1,280×800, thankfully. Full HD, perhaps. It will have a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor with 8-core graphics, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, and it will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Archos 116 Platinum is going to retail for €349 when it arrives in May.
Take everything you just read with a grain of salt, and you’ll be fine. We’ll let you know if any of these devices turn out to be real. That said, diversifying into the budget smartphone space would definitely make sense for Archos. On a side note, the Archos 48 Platinum would be the first smartphone to be sold in the ‘developed world’ that we’ve heard of so far that would come with MediaTek’s first quad-core processor. Perhaps we should expect to see more such devices soon.