Archos debuts unlocked smartphone lineup

  • Archos - a company which has thus far focused on Android tablets - has debuted a lineup of Google certified smartphones.

    The three handsets feature a slim design, IPS, dual SIM cards and a Qualcomm GPU.
    The ARCHOS 35 Carbon ($99.99), ARCHOS 50 Platinum ($219.99) and ARCHOS 53 Platinum($249.99) will be the first in a new line of smartphones to hit the streets and will be available starting in Europe at the end of May 2013.

    “The smartphone market is shifting, as SIM-free sales versus subsidized sales are increasing, said Archos CEO Loïc Poirier.

    "[We are] prepared to respond, as we can offer retail channels affordable, unlocked and feature-rich smartphones without the need to subsidize."

    Ranging from 3.5” to 5.3” in size, the first three smartphones to be released in Q2 will include a range of features, connectivity, CPU’s and storage.

    The flagship device, the Archos 50 Platinum, boasts a 5.0 inch full black IPS display paired with a quad-core CPU at 1.2GHz and 8 M Pixels camera.

    "Meaning, end-users will have an experience similar to a Samsung Galaxy S3 for half the price," said Loïc Poirier.

    Additional specs include:

    * Pure re un-skinned Android OS.
    * Google Certification for access to Google Play and Mobile Services.
    * Full black screen process.
    * Archos Media Center apps for music and videos.
    * Cloud-based contacts and storage.
    * Front and back cameras.

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