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Archos debuts 'affordable' smartphones

The Archos 35 Carbon, 50 Platinum and 53 Platinum are expected to be available to European customers by May.

Archos, the French mobile device manufacturer known for its tablets, is launching a new line of smartphones, ranging in display size from 3.5 to 5.3 inches. All run a "pure" un-skinned version of the Android operating system, commonly available only on Google Nexus devices.

The Archos 35 Carbon, 50 Platinum and 53 Platinum are priced to attract customers without carrier subsidies, at $99/£79.99, $219.99/£179.99 and $249.99/£199.99, respectively. European customers will see the Archos line of smartphones first starting in May.

The 5.3-inch Archos 53 Platinum is the flagship of the series, bumping into "phablet" realm with its large 960 x 540 pixel, 220 ppi display. The device features an 8-megapixel main camera and 2-megapixel front camera, LED flash, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage with expandable memory up to 64GB, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and runs Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean).

The Archos 50 Platinum offers very similar specifications but a smaller battery, while the 35 Carbon offers entry-level specs and runs Android 4.0.

You can read the full Archos press release here.


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Just reading the spec. The phone only offers 3G at WCDMA 900/2100. It does not look like it is compatible with either AT&T or T-Mobile. Also, it is not clear if it has something like a compass that is useful for photo stitching.

IMO, it is cheaper to buy refurbished phone.


"All run a "pure" un-skinned version of the Android operating system, commonly available only on Google Nexus devices."

Wrong. There are a lot of other devices with pure Android, mostly phones and tablets that don´t come from the "big" companies(and I have one). Strange that DPReview doesn´t know this putting so much effort in their Connect site...

Lars Rehm

"commonly" is the key word here. Yes, there might be some cheapo devices out there running vanilla Android because the manufacturers cannot afford to make a custom launcher but every single one of the large and well-known manufacturers use their own launcher/skin/UI.

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Well, pure Android is better than custom UI anyway. No bloatware from Samsung or Sony. And if this makes the phones more expensive, then a reason more for going with an "cheap" phone with no custom UI(did I mention one can´t use SIM contacts with newer Xpera phones?). I paid 150 € for such a "no-name" phone(which comes from the same manufacturer as the iPhone), specs are similar to more expensive ones that cost at least 100 € and it runs fine, is built well and has a good screen. And there are also custom - free - mods out for it, like for many phones of the "big brands".

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Nice one!
The display is quite low res (on par with the Galaxy S and SII @233 and 218ppi respectively), but other features look appealing.

If they provide some upgrades to the OS down the road that could get interesting.

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