There’s no shortage of affordable Android smartphones on the market, but ARCHOS has just made things a little more interesting with its 35 Carbon, 50 Platinum and 53 Platinum offerings. These models mark ARCHOS’ first step into the ultra-competitive smartphone market. The company has long produced media players and tablets, and hopes to leverage its experience there with these first smartphones. By keeping things on the affordable side, it can step in slowly.
The smallest model of its new line-up is the 35 Carbon, which will retail for $99. It includes an older Snapdragon S1 SoC (1.0GHz), 512 MB of RAM, a 3.5-inch IPS display, 320×480 resolution, front and back VGA cameras, 4GB internal storage and Android 4.0. Despite being an extremely affordable model, the 35 Carbon provides dual-sim capabilities.
The 50 ($219.99) and 53 ($249.99) Platinum share the same tech specs aside from the size, weight and battery. Both include a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Play, running at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 4GB internal storage, 8MP back and 2MP front cameras, dual-sim and Android 4.1.2. The 50 includes a 2000mAh battery, while the 53 bumps that to 2800mAh.
By no means are these powerful phones, but they’re powerful enough for their respective price-ranges. One perk that ARCHOS touts about these phones is that they feature an un-skinned Android OS – generally approved by me. All three phones will hit Europe towards the end of May, with US dates presumably to be announced at around that time.