the beginning of 2014, the Archos argument holds in the world of smartphones to the next argument. 4G available on an Android device sold less than 200 euros, excluding any subsidy. A few days before the opening of the CES in Las Vegas, the French brand has just announced the imminent launch of two new models, the 45 and Helium Helium 50 4G compatible (up to 150 Mb / s for operators that offer these rates), and posted to their respective procurement prices of 199 and 229 euros.
For this price, the Helium 45 features IPS screen 4.5 inches (11.43 cm, with a limited 854 x 480 pixels resolution), supported by a Qualcomm MSM8926 processor (quad-core 1.4 GHz A7 ) and 1GB of RAM. The phone is just 4 GB of flash memory dedicated to the storage, fortunately expandable via a micro-SD slot. It also embeds WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS chip and a 5 megapixel sensor, coupled with a VGA sensor on the front. Equipped with a battery of 1,700 mAh, it displays the dimensions of 135 x 67 x 9.75 mm, with a weight that has not yet been disclosed.
Helium 50 passes meanwhile on a 5 inch screen ( 12.7 cm) display 1280 x 720 pixels. Characteristics similar to those of Helium 45, except that the password storage to 8GB, the battery has 2000 mAh and the dimensions stand at 145 x 71.5 x 8.95 mm. Photo sensors are also revised upward with 8MP back and 2MP front.
Both will come with Android 4.3 naked without overlay. The characteristics of the Helium range somewhat reminiscent Moto G, entry-level smartphone developed by Motorola (itself owned by Google), but it has neither 4G nor the location proposed by micro-SD Archos, which foreshadows here undoubtedly the democratization of 4G within ranges called low cost.