Archos launches pair of Helium Androids, and one’s not awful

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.

Source: Archos (PDF)
Via: Engadget

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