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Archos Unveils Titanium Lineup of Phones, Budget-friendly Devices With Rock Bottom Specs

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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.

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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
  • poop

    The 50 Titanium looks to be the best for your money (just looking at these 4; for that same amount, you can of course afford an LG G2, though on a contract). Might not have 2500 mAh, but what’s the need for all that in such a low-power device? Plus, IPS display and better resolution than the 53 (though, the 53′s processor might be better).

  • Brian_2112

    I’ve seen worse…at least the prices aren’t too high for devices with these specs. My biggest concern (aside from some of the lackluster specs, like RAM) is that Archos isn’t really that big of a name here in the U.S., seeing how most of their devices are passed up in favor of the big names, like Samsung, LG and Apple, among others.

    It’s a good effort, but I don’t see much sales here in the States. Internationally, however…that’s a different story.

  • Joey Sandoval

    Isnt it ironic how the biggest of the four screens has the second least resolution

  • Joey Sandoval

    These specs are what we’re waiting for! If it were 2010

  • EP_2012

    In North Korea, these would be considered “Superphones”! LOL

  • michael arazan

    So this what they do with all the phones we donate to be recycled?

  • CaptainDisillusion

    I like how one of the features is “Multi-touch displays”… these things might be even better than the Blackberry Storm!!!

    • hoosiercub88

      No.. not even close. No Android device ever had a 10 minute reboot time.. ever.

  • Roffle

    Why not make the 5″ with 8gb or 16gb and a gig of ram for another $70-100…?

  • BrianLipp

    the biggest limiting factor on these phones is the 512MB of RAM.

    • palomosan

      But, but they’re stock Android.

      • BrianLipp

        my gnex had stock android, and it was starting to suffer with its 1GB of RAM, but that could have been coupled with the OMAP CPU. It ran better after a factory reset on 4.3, but it still lagged a lot.

        • palomosan

          I was trying to be sarcastic…

        • donkeykong85

          my gnex does great on 4.3. im not noticing a difference right now between that and my wifes new note….unless i am trying to do multiple things which is out of the scope of my normal use.

  • Dray

    Gross

  • Greg

    Let me put my troll hat on…. the fact that they have Micro SD slots makes them better than any Nexus device

    • Ej McCarty

      Well take it back off because that’s just idiotic

      • Greg

        YUP!

  • hyperbeatser

    Wait a minute…do all 4 phones seriously have different nav keys? LOL

    • Adrynalyne

      The second one has none. Mind = blown.

      • eroooooo

        kinda looks like it has them, just very faint for some reason

        • HarvesterX

          Nah, zoom in on the image (or I need better glasses, which could also be true). I explained the method being used above though. ;)

          • Josh Shaw

            they’re there broski

      • HarvesterX

        Nah man, they took a cue from LG, and added in a user friendly feature of their own. The navigation keys are laid out on the back of the 45 on some sort of mechanically driven grid whereby the navigation keys can randomly change locations at random intervals. It makes navigation intuitive and easy for those new to smartphones to use. Mind blown! LOL..

        Sidenote: Do you have enemies here? I see downvotes on a ton of your posts. Even ones that are unbiased and simply factual information or legitimate questions. I guess some people find logic flawed? Smh

        • Jarred Sutherland

          There are numerous people on this site who are complete idiots and have no ability to listen to reason even when posts are logical. Adrynalyne had it out with another poster here awhile back .. so I suspect it is him and his little crew of accounts downvoting.

          Posting opposing views on here tends to get lots of negative feedback.

  • wmsco1

    Droidlife just fell off my taptu feed… Huh?

  • hyperbeatser

    Hi Archos, welcome to 2010

  • Shane Redman

    Put 4.3 on them with TRIM and you won’t tell the difference…..

  • TheOozyMan

    512 MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage is a big deal breaker

    • Adrynalyne

      Yet they have sd card slots. Remind me why flagships don’t anymore?

      Don’t answer that, it was a rhetorical question.

      • Seed

        An extra 16GB costs only 50-100$ more.

    • palomosan

      512mb of Ram is definitely a deal breaker, they should’ve put at least 1gb of ram.

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        yeah seriously. it cant be that much more.

    • Bizi

      According to all of the Moto-X fanboys the spec wars are over… We should all be fine with whatever the manufacturer gives us… Right ???

      • Adrynalyne

        That makes sense…not.

        Interesting attempt to bash Motorola owners for no apparent reason though.

  • Adrynalyne

    Know whats sad? They are more up to date than most of Verizon’s phones ;)

    • chris125

      Well except for any phone that came out recently for big red.

      • Adrynalyne

        Its an old update, that is no excuse.

        • chris125

          Well then with that logic you could say that for pretty much every carrier..

          • Adrynalyne

            So you are saying that other carriers do not update their phones as fast or the same as Verizon?

            Interesting.

            How many of Verizon’s phones saw 4.2.2 that were current at the time of its release?

          • chris125

            how many other carriers note 2′s are not? All the carriers suck but to say verizon is the only one who doesnt update is pretty crazy. How is the nexus on sprint doing, or those lg devices on att/sprint? All of which are on “outdated versions”

          • Adrynalyne

            I didn’t excuse ATT or Sprint.

            Although we could easily argue that ATT is far better than Verizon on updates and their frequency. Sprint is just another piece of crap CDMA carrier.

          • chris125

            Yeah hopefully VoLTE can help with updates and phones on every carrier since they won’t have to deal with verizon and their BS with cdma

          • Adrynalyne

            Problem is…it is years away before CDMA gets retired.

            Sucks.

          • chris125

            Hopefully those years fly by lol

          • hoosiercub88

            As is the Note II on every other carrier worldwide.. -.-

          • Adrynalyne

            What is your point? Did I excuse a single carrier in my statement?

  • John Moore

    Calling them ‘mid-range’ is a bit ambitious, but it’s hard to fault them anyway since they’re low budget phones.

    • RoadsterHD1

      Should be low-range

  • Nathaniel Newman

    Archos used to ROCK when they made PMPs!