Archos intros budget Android smartphone, tablet in advance of CES
CES 2015 is just days away, but some manufacturers simply can’t wait to get news of their latest products out there. We already told you about the latest announcements from Alcatel Onetouch, hoping to beat the CES rush, and now we’ve got one from Archos, as it reveals its 50 Diamond smartphone and 80b Helium 4G tablet.
The Diamond is a five-inch 1080p handset powered by a Snapdragon 615 SoC. It’s got 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage (though with support for microSD expansion), and can handle dual SIM cards. There’s a 16MP main camera, an 8MP front-facer, and a 2700mAh battery for power. The whole package measures 8mm thick, and the phone ships running Android 4.4.4. Decent enough specs, but the most attractive thing here may be the price: the phone’s set to sell for under $200. At that level, this could be some real competition for phones like the Moto G.
The new 80b Helium tablet is a slight upgrade over the original 80 Helium 4G, launched in 2014. That said, it’s still pretty far down on the spec ladder: it’s rocking an eight-inch 1280 x 800 LCD panel, 1GB of RAM, 8GB storage (again, with the option for expansion), and runs a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek chip. As you can tell by the name, there’s cellular connectivity, and like the Diamond, you’ll also find dual-SIM support here. The tablet’s battery is a 3600mAh component, and if you simply must take pictures with your tablet, you’ll find a 2MP main shooter and a lowly VGA front-facer. Price is also the big selling point here, as Archos intends to make the tablet available for south of $150. Okay, that probably means $149.99, but for a cell-enabled tablet, that’s still an alright value.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, and Archos promises a boatload of additional models for CES itself.