Archos unveils low-cost smartphone trio ahead of IFA 2015 debut

French mobile device manufacturer and budget specialist Archos has made a habit of jumping the gun in anticipation of big consumer electronics-dedicated trade shows, and it appears this year’s IFA is no exception.

The Berlin-set expo will technically begin on September 4, but Archos couldn’t wait all the way until next Friday to take the wraps off the Diamond S, 50 Cesium and 50e Helium. The triad’s star is undoubtedly the phone with the flashiest name, which seems to offer a remarkable bang for your buck.

At £159.99 ($250, give or take), the 5-inch Diamond S features a speedy octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC, paired with 2GB RAM. The Super AMOLED display predictably delivers 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution, and on the software side of things, Android 5.1 Lollipop runs the show.

The rear-facing camera actually sports a Samsung Galaxy S6-matching 16 megapixel count, while the secondary shooter should produce pretty sharp 8MP selfies. The 2,300 mAh battery is perhaps short of impressive, but at a total weight of 118 grams, certain compromises were clearly required.

Other decent enough specs for the economical price include 16GB internal storage space, microSD support, fast charging capabilities, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and 4G LTE connectivity. Too bad the Diamond S will only roll out in November, and likely get a limited global push.

ARCHOS-50e-Helium-50-Cesium

The same probably goes for the 50 Cesium and 50e Helium, priced at £99 ($155) each, and virtually identical from a hardware standpoint. The former runs Windows 10, and the latter provides Android 5.1 Lollipop goodies out the box, so you can choose your preferred user interface on top of a 5-inch 720p screen, quad-core Snapdragon 210 chip, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, 8/2 MP cameras, and 2,100 mAh battery.

Once again, adequate quality-price ratio on paper, but let’s wait for IFA to give us a real-life glimpse of the three promising handhelds.

Source: Archos (1), (2)

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