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After offering a DECT Smartphone for the home and additional 3G functionality on their tablets, ARCHOS is now fully entering in the smartphone industry. The first three models of their Smartphone line rumored these last days are now officially announced, they range from a 3" model to a 5.3" phablet tablet-sized phone.
All phones should be distributed in retail channels and won't be tied to any wireless carrier, they will ship SIM-unlocked and offer dual SIM capability. Other common specs for the 3 models include: Qualcomm processors, IPS screen, dual camera, GPS, Bluetooth and 4 GB of Storage which can be extended with a microSD card. ARCHOS announces these 3 phones will be the first models to ship, should be available end of May 2013 at the following prices : ARCHOS 35 Carbon: 79,99€ / ~$105 / £79.99, ARCHOS 50 Platinum: 199,99€ / ~ $260 / £179.99 and ARCHOS 53 Platinum: 249,99€ / ~ $326 / £199.99.
All models are said to be Google certified with Google Play Store access, Google Mobile Services including Google Now.
ARCHOS 35 Carbon
The first phone, 35 Carbon is an entry level model at a retail price of €79.99 ($ & pounds), with low end specifications powered with a Qualcomm 7225A Cortex-A5 processor running 1 GHz, 3.5" IPS screen capacitive touch (320x480) resolution and 1300 mAH battery. It runs on a relatively old Android 4.0 ICS system version.
|Full 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, 320x480 resolution, capacitive touch|
|Bluetooth||Yes, V3.0 + EDR|
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