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Archos unveils two sub-£200 LTE smartphones before CES

Archos 45 and 50 Helium 4G handsets to make Vegas debut
Fri Jan 03 2014, 11:54
Archos 50 Helium 4G with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

BUDGET TABLET MAKER Archos has announced two affordable Android smartphones that will debut at CES next week alongside the firm's debut smartwatch.

Named the Archos 45 Helium 4G and the 50 Helium 4G, the duo of smartphones will arrive in the UK priced from £189 and £229, respectively. Archos has not announced a release date yet, but we're likely to hear more at CES.

Both phones will run Google's Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, have quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and boast LTE connectivity. The two devices also will feature expandable memory via microSD, Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi connectivity.

The Archos 50 Helium 4G is the higher specified of the two. The smartphone features a 5in 1280x720 HD IPS display, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, 8GB of internal storage and a 2,000mAh battery.

In comparison, the Archos 45 Helium 4G features a smaller 4.5in 854x480 display, a 5MP rear camera and VGA front-facing camera, 4GB of internal storage and a smaller 1,700mAh battery.

Archos CEO Loïc Poirier said, "The smartphone has revolutionised 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."

Archos' two smartphones will debut alongside the firm's first smartwatch device, which the company teased yesterday. This Galaxy Gear challenger will cost less than £150 and be compatible with both iOS and Android devices.

We'll be at CES in Las Vegas next week, so check back then for all the latest. µ


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