Archos 50b and 50c Oxygen smartphones start shipping

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Following a short delay, Archos 50b and 50c Oxygen smartphones are now available from Archos online store. The 50b Oxygen is the cheapest of the two and is selling for 149.99€ in most European countries, while the 50c Oxygen will cost you 50€ more and retails for 199.99€. Unfortunately, people living in the UK will have to wait a little bit longer. 😉

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The ARCHOS 50c Oxygen wraps an HD IPS Screen (1280 x 720 resolution), Bluetooth Smart technology and a MediaTek Octa-Core processor. At less than £180/€ 200, the ARCHOS 50c Oxygen, flagship of the ARCHOS smartphone range, is a Dual SIM device running Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean” with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 8MPx camera on the back and 2000 mAh battery. For a budget offering, it is incredibly thin with only 7.64mm of thickness and we are in love with the deep black design. However, we really think it is a shame that Archos didn’t go for the Full HD screen and a bigger battery and that their flagship smartphone device has to be selling under 200€ because it is not that high-end. Still, we believe that especially with the KitKat update, 50c Oxygen will be worth the money. The only thing we regret that there are a few mistakes in the 50c Oxygen specifications the Archos website and Archos doesn’t seem to bother to fix the mistakes after we have reported them to the webcare team.

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The 50b Oxygen is 50€ cheaper, but is less powerful than the 50c oxygen. There is still 1GB of RAM, Android 4.2, 2000 mAh battery and 8 MPx camera though. Quad-core CPU clocked at 1.3 Ghz is used instead of the octa-core one, there is 4GB less storage and the design is more simple with 20g added to the weight and 50b oxygen being 8.6mm thick. Priced at 149€, the 50b Oxygen also offers a good value for money.

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Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments! 😉