Archos introduces 3 phones and 1 tablet ahead of Mobile World Congress

by: Shawn IngramFebruary 20, 2014


Just in time for Mobile World Congress, budget phone and tablet maker Archos has a collection of new 4G/3G devices for those looking for something a bit more affordable.

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.

ARCHOS 50c Oxygen

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.

ARCHOS 64 Xenon

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.

ARCHOS 40b Titanium

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?

  • AndroidBoss

    I used to be an Archos fan, but seriously, their devices suck.

    • IronLiver

      awtsss, I was looking forward to having this baby. Hope the review say otherwise.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      I was a fan back in the day of the Archos Internet Media Tablet 5. Man, it had a freakin 250 GB hard drive. xD

      • AndroidBoss

        Me too! It even had a 500 GB storage model I mean that was freaking crazy, but it was hella thick.

  • Neil Pagay

    Why does the 40b titanium cost the same as the 50c titanium when they are in much different classes?

    • Luka Mlinar

      Yea, i don’t get that one as well. I think someone got the prices wrong.

  • Jack Parker

    To name a few. Archos titanium 80, arnova 10 G2 and the archos 250gb tablet. I’ve had them all they ask suck so much. Countless problems with all of them


    Something wrong with the prices? All other websites say Helium 4G costs £230 which comes to around $330. Also, the others cost £200 and not $200!
    These prices should be in pounds!

  • apianist16

    “samrtphone” and “platy”?