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Archos announces new line of budget-friendly Android smartphones

The Archos brand is often associated with bargain tablets in recent years, but the France-based firm also has aspirations to make smartphones.

Archos has announced that it will launch three Android handsets targeting all consumer levels.  The devices include the 35 Carbon, 50 Platinum, and 53 Platinum.  All of the handsets will have dual SIM slots, 4GB of internal storage, be available as unlocked devices that support 7.2Mbps HSPA 3G, and run on Google’s mobile Android operating system. 

(35 Carbon)

The 35 Carbon is an entry-level handset sporting a 3.5-inch display, a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon S1, 512MB of RAM, and Android Ice Cream Sandwich to boot.  Second in line is the 50 Platinum, a 5-incher that boasts a much beefier quad-core Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera (2MP front), and Android Jelly Bean.  Similarly, the 5.3-inch 53 Platinum has the exact same specs as the 50 Platinum, with the exception that users will have an extra 0.3-inch of space to play with. 

(50 Platinum)

Staying true to its roots and business strategy, the new Archos handset will run for $100, $220 and $250, respectively, in ascending screen size order.  The launch date for the devices is set for late May, and Europe will be the phones’ first destination.

(53 Platinum)

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