This afternoon, Archos unveiled a new lineup of smartphones, designed for the budget-minded buyer in all of us. The line is called Titanium, and if you’ll recall, Archos also released a Titanium lineup of Android-powered tablets shortly ago. The phones feature some good price points, but after looking at the specs, it might be hard to get excited.
There are four new phones in this lineup, the 40, 45, 50, and 53 Titanium. The names play off of the devices’ display sizes, with the 40 featuring a 4.0″ WVGA display, the 45 featuring a 4.5″ FWVGA display, the 50 featuring a 5.0″ qHD display, and finally the 53 sporting a 5.3″ FWVGA display. The resolutions on these devices won’t be anything to brag about, but again, if you are looking for a phone on a budget, then those are the corners you have to cut.
Each device runs a slimmed version of Android 4.2.2, complete with Google Play access, as well as some Archos proprietary software. All four phones run a MT 6572 dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Thankfully, each phone supports microSD cards, which you will probably need if you are only getting 4GB of space to store apps, photos, and music. The camera on each model is a 5MP shooter, with auto-focus and a built-in LED flash. As for batteries, the smaller 40 Titanium model features a 1500mAh battery, while the largest 53 Titanium device has a 2500mAh battery.
Needless to say, we still have pretty high hopes for the recently unveiled GamePad 2 the company is working on.
Google Certified Titanium smartphones feature multi-touch displays, dual-core processors, dual SIM support, powerful battery life, HSPA+ and more
DENVER, Colo. – October 17, 2013 – ARCHOS, a pioneer in Android™ devices, partners with MediaTek to release the ARCHOS Titanium smartphone line, with four mid-range fully featured smartphones with affordable prices starting at 99€. Featuring a stylish, easy-grip and slim body design the ARCHOS Titanium smartphones include large high-quality screens with amazing viewing angles, dual sim support with HSPA+ speeds for complete carrier flexibility and 5 MP back cameras for capturing the perfect picture. Fully Google certified, the ARCHOS Titanium smartphone range run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, include popular Google mobile applications and have complete access to the Google Play store.
Real smartphones for daily use, the ARCHOS Titanium Smartphones offer the best user experience with rich and vibrant colored screens and the best in technology. Users now have the flexibility for their phone to be for both personal and work thanks to Dual Sim support. These smartphones make daily life easy with access to more than a million apps via the Google Play store and powerful batteries to take further than just a single day of use.
“Our new Titanium smartphones make daily life easy by providing everything you need wrapped up in a powerful, feature rich phone package with a price that is hard to beat,” says Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. “Thanks to our new partnership with MediaTek and their support, we are able to offer a range of unlocked phones at affordable prices without losing key features.”
“MediaTek is delighted that Archos has chosen the MT6572 3G+ platform as the basis for its new Titanium range of smartphones,” said Siegmund Redl, Vice President and General Manager Corporate Marketing, Europe, at MediaTek. “The MT6572 integrates into a single solution a powerful 3G+ dual-core processor with advanced Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and FM functionality. Combining this with support for 3D Graphics, HD capable video and MediaTek’s Miravision display enhancement technology, the MT6572 offers an outstanding user experience on Archos’ Titanium range of smartphones.”
Each smartphone will include key features such as:
- Dual-Core CPU’s: The built-in Dual Core CPU make for a powerful smartphone that will maximize your social networking, web browsing, gaming and app experience
- Dual SIM: Finally, a smartphone that allows the user ultimate flexibility with managing multiple providers simultaneously
- 5 Mega Pixels Back Camera: Each smartphone features a high resolution camera with auto focus and flash to capture every photo-worthy moment perfectly
- 3G Connectivity H+ (21 Mbps): Experience speedy downloads and faster web browsing no matter where you are
- Micro SD slot: Enjoy a large storage capacity with the built-in micro SD slot and Google Drive 15 GB for free (cloud storage)
- Long battery life: The longer battery life eliminates the need to charge your phone every day during normal use eliminating the need to carry a charger with youGoogle certified: Provides users with access to all Google services including Google PlayTM, Google Mobile Services and more than one million apps
- A-GPS : Users can get all European maps for free eliminating the need to buy an in-car GPS