ARCHOS, mostly known for its cheap but reliable tablets, has just announced the upcoming availability of two 4G LTE smartphones, the Archos 45 and 50 Helium.According to the company, both smartphones will be available for purchase soon in Europe and in the United States. Archos 45 Helium has been priced at $200 (€145), while the Archos 50 Helium will be up for purchase for $240 (€175) off contract.
The handset maker has confirmed that both smartphones will ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box, but it will provide users with an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade at some point this year.
Software-wise, it is also worth mentioning that the new Archos 4G LTE smartphones offer access to Google apps and services including: Google Play application store, Google Chrome web browser, Google Now voice assistant, YouTube, Gmail, Hangouts and Calendar.
Potential customers should keep in mind that both smartphones are equipped with quad-core Qualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon processors clocked at 1.4GHz, Adreno 306 GPUs and 1GB of RAM.
Furthermore, Archos 50 Helium offers 8GB of internal memory, while the 45 Helium features only 4GB of storage. Both smartphones come packed with microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB).
Archos 50 Helium also sports a large 5-inch HD (720p) capacitive touchscreen display, an 8M-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera and 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery.
The 45 Helium only features a 4.5-inch FWVGA capacitive touchscreen display that supports 480 x 854 pixels resolution. It also packs a slightly lower 5-megapixel main photo snapper, a VGA front-facing camera for video calls and 1700 mAh Li-Ion battery.
“The smartphone has revolutionized the way consumers access information, giving them the ability to instantly view, connect and share ideas regardless of location and time.
“The ARCHOS Helium 4G smartphones will once again change consumers’ mindsets by making the best possible technology affordable,” said Loïc Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS.