By Stephen Schenck | January 3, 2014 1:00 PM
Archos got us started with announcements of CES products super early, and we brought you news of all its Connected Home and Connected Self stuff – including a smartwatch – back at the start of the week. Today we see it follow those up with a couple new smartphones, and at least one of them might be worth giving a second look.
The two are the Archos 50 and 45 Helium 4G, both running the same Snapdragon 400 you’ll find in the Moto G, but at a slightly higher 1.4GHz clock. The 50 has a five-inch 720p display, 8GB storage, and an 8-megapixel camera with 2-megapixel front-facer.
The 45, on the other hand, only has a 4.5-inch FWVGA screen, 4GB storage, and a 5-megapixel main camera with VGA front-facer. Both phones offer 1GB RAM, microSD expansion, and provide LTE connectivity.
In the end, pricing could make or break this pair. At $200, the 45 Helium 4G is going to be a tough sell. Really, there’s no way this phone makes more sense than the similarly priced Moto G. The $250 50 Helium 4G, on the other hand, feels like less of a compromise; that larger screen and microSD expansion just might make it more attractive than the Moto G in the eyes of some shoppers. Of course, software could still be an issue, as both these phones will ship with Android 4.3, but 4.4.2 updates are promised.