The new line of devices include three budget smartphones, and one budget tablet that is the least expensive in its category. All four of the devices will be shown at Mobile World Congress, but Archos is announcing them now, presumably so they don’t get lost in the wake of the Samsung Galaxy S5 next week.
To start with the unique device in the lineup, the Archos 80 Helium 4G is, Archos claims, the first 8-inch tablet with 4G connectivity to cost less than $250 (it actually costs $249). That’s less than $250 before any subsidies which is ridiculously low, though not unexpected from Archos. The Helium 4G uses a quad-core processor, has a 1024×768 resolution, and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Next up is the most interesting smartphone oft he lineup: the Archos 50c Oxygen, which will cost $199. The 50c Oxygen is notable because it sports a 5-inch 720p IPS display, and a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek processor. It’s a flagship phone for Archos, which shows just how low-end the rest of the line is. The phone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and comes with just 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It does have a two SIM card slots, though, which is a nice feature for some users.
Next up is the 6.4-inch Archos 64 Xenon, because every lineup has to include a phablet of some sort. The 64 Xenon will also cost $199, and also has a 720p resolution display. Unlike the 50c Oxygen, though, the 64 Xenon has a quad-core processor. The giant phone has 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, an 8MP rear-facing camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera.
Finally, there’s the $199 Archos 40b Titanium. The 40b Titanium has a 4-inch, 800×480 display, and has a platy 512MB of RAM with 4GB of storage. There s no doubt that this is a low-end samrtphone.
The new lineup of Archos devices will likely be exciting to fans of the company, but to use they seem a bit wanting on paper. In a post-Moto G market with phones like Asus’ Zenfone line and the new Acer Liquid E3, these low-end phones just aren’t as appealing.
For less than the price of the Archos 50c Oxygen you can get a Moto G, the younger sibling of one of the best Android phones on the market. That’s impossible to ignore, and Archos might have to step up its game if this trend of worthwhile low-price smartphones persists. Can you find any reason to buy any of these new Archos devices over the Moto G or a Zenfone?