Archos unveils new low-cost Helium phones with fingerprint and up to 3GB RAM ahead of IFA

While we expect everyone from Samsung to Huawei, Lenovo, Sony, ZTE, Asus and Acer to precede their IFA 2016 product demos with official announcements in the days leading up to the trade show’s actual start, Archos went a little overboard in its attempt to stand out all alone in the spotlight.

Then again, this is the French device manufacturer’s typical M.O. on such occasions, as otherwise, nobody would exhibit any interest in low-profile gadgets like the 50f Helium and 55 Helium “range.”

The former entry-level 5-inch Android phone has but a rear-located fingerprint reader going for it, which isn’t exactly a standard feature in the sub-$150 segment. Priced at £100 ($132), and due out “worldwide” in October, the “premium designed”, round-edged, “metal-finished” handheld also sports HD screen resolution, a humble Snapdragon 210 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 8 and 2MP cameras, tiny 2,000 mAh battery, and the “purest form” of Marshmallow.

If you feel that’s still a tad rich for your blood, and can make do with 1 gig of RAM and 8GB ROM, a Lite version will only set you back £80 ($105).

Meanwhile, the Archos 55 Helium or 55 Helium Ultra is slated to cost £119 ($157), ditching the fingerprint scanner, but bumping the display up to 5.5 inches, memory to 3GB, cell capacity to 2,700 mAh, and replacing the SD210 SoC with a MediaTek 6737.

This will also be available in a Lite 1GB RAM/16GB ROM configuration at £89 ($117), and another low-ender dubbed 55 Helium 4 Seasons, with four snazzy interchangeable back casings included at £100 ($132).

Sources: Archos (1), (2)

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