Archos 80 Helium 4G

Mobile World Congress

Archos today announced four new devices ahead of Mobile World Congress — a tablet and three phones. Here's what we're looking at:

  • Archos 80 Helium 4G: An 8-inch Android 4.3 tablet powered by a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8926 processor and sporting 4G LTE data. It'll have full access to Google Play and costs $249.
  • Archos 50c Oxygen: Thus guy is a 5-inch phone (at 720p) running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It's got an 8MP camera and is powered by an eight-core Mediatex processor at 1.7 GHz. It costs $199.
  • Archos 64 Xenon: As the name implies, this Xenon is 6.4 inches at 720p, powered by a Mediatek quad-core processor at 1.3 GHz. It's running Android 4.2 Jelly bean, has 4GB of storage and costs $199.
  • Archos 40b Titanium: And finally we've got a 4-inch (480p) phone running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a half-gigabyte of RAM, 5MP camera and 4GB of storage. It costs$119.

More: Archos press release (pdf)

 

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Archos announces new phones, tablets for Mobile World Congress

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It's awesome, to see more manufacturers making affordable Android handsets.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

This is the most unenthusiastic product announcement article I've read lol. Also, the Archos 50c bullet has an error. It's not a Mediatex processor, it's Mediatek.

You're using a Moto X. So, more likely than not, these handsets aren't being targeted to you. People that can't afford to be on a contract or paying full retail for a phone are the likely target market for these devices.

But, you knew that, already.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

Great batch of budget equipment, don't need to be over the top, making the spec crowd giddy for it to work

Posted via my outdated Droid RAZR Maxx HD using the Android Central App

The Xenon actually hit my tickle spot for a second, even with the low screen, until I hit the source link. A 6.4" device with a small battery and a GB or Ram on 4.2? Not even for 199$

And we see another example of an OEM contributing to fragmentation! There is absolutely no logical reason for two of these devices to be on 4.2.2. When Android is at 4.4.2 right now, and the majority of the Android ecosystem is somewhere between 4.0 and 4.2.2 which causes a dilemma for developers like myself. This has been a problem! New versions of Android come out and the ecosystem stays far behind causing developers to hold back from targeting the latest version! All the new features and capabilities that come with Kit Kat are mostly worthless to developers if the vast majority of users are running versions that aren't capable of such features! Edit: Kit Kat was specifically programmed to run low spec devices and actually improve the performance of older low spec devices. Budget device should only mean low to mid range specs, not old or out dated Android versions!

Nexogen

The problem with Archos has always been their software. I had an Archos 70, and while I loved what they did with the hardware design, their OS, which was based on Android, was extremely buggy and handicapped. Ultimately I had to get rid of it. But I still root for Archos because they try to make decent affordable products. Can't complain about that.