The initial smartphones product line initially counted 3 models when ARCHOS announced it : an entry level 3.5″ model ARCHOS 35 Carbon (79,99€ / £79.99 / ~$105) and two phones with bigger screens: 5″ on ARCHOS 50 Platinum (199,99€ / £179.99 / ~ $260) and 5.3″ on the ARCHOS 53 Platinum: (249,99€ / £199.99 / ~ $326). The 3 ARCHOS smartphone models were announced with availability starting May 2013. They actually started ship late, with the ARCHOS 50 Platinum (check our product review) in June, followed by the 53 Platinum in July, but it seems the cheapest model, the ARCHOS 35 Carbon never hit the stores.
Here are the ARCHOS 35 Carbon specifications:
|ARCHOS 35 Carbon specifications|
|Dual Sim card||SIM card 1 : 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800/1900 MHz
SIM card 2 : 2G/3G (WCDMA 2100)
(both mini SIM format)
|Data rates and protocols||HSDPA 7,2 Mbits/s – HSUPA 5,76 Mbit/s|
|Operating system||Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|CPU||Qualcomm 7225A Cortex-A5 @ 1 GHz|
|Storage extension||micro SDcard slot accepting cards up to 32 GB|
Weight: 110 grams
|Sensors||Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Light sensor|
|Screen||IPS 3,5’’ size, 16 millions colors, 320×480 resolution, capacitive touch|
|Bluetooth||Yes, V3.0 + EDR|
|FM stereo tuner||yes|
|Connectors||3.5 mm Audio jack, micro USB 2.0 slot for phone charging and data connection|
|Dual Camera||front and back|
A few weeks ago, the ARCHOS 35 Carbon disappeared from archos.com web site, their Smartphone section now listing only the 50 and 53 models from the Platinum serie.
Replaced by the ARCHOS 45 Titanium ?A new model recently shown up on numericable.fr, a french ISP specialized in cable and optical fiber Internet access. In their “Power” offer, numericable customers have the choice to get either an HP Slate 7 tablet or an ARCHOS 45 Titanium smartphone for 1 extra euro while subscribing to an Internet access thru optical fiber.
The ARCHOS 45 Titanium product description doesn’t give a lot of details, it just seems to be a slight upgrade over the “old” 35 Carbon model, with a dual-core CPU at 1.2 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB flash storage, dual SIM, front/rear camera (no resolution specified) The phone screen size isn’t mentioned, we can probably expect a 4.5 inches, if this Titanium model follows usual ARCHOS product naming scheme.
This ARCHOS 45 Titanium offer mentions a list price of €129.99, but the product is currently not listed on archos.com web site, it’s not clear yet if this model will be available for retail outside the numericable offer.