BUDGET HARDWARE MAKER Archos has announced four devices ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress (MWC), including a sub-£200 octa-core smartphone and an 8in LTE tablet.
Clearly meant to lure customers away from more expensive alternatives, the Archos Oxygen 50C smartphone features an octa-core 1.7GHz Mediatek processor and will retail for less than £200.
Beyond its octa-core chip, the Archos Oxygen 50C features a 5in 1280x720p resolution display, although this will showcase Google's now dated Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, with no word on an upgrade to Android 4.4 Kitkat. The handset, which measures just 6.7mm thick, also boasts an 8MP rear-facing camera capable of shooting HD 1080p video, a 2MP front camera, 8GB internal storgage, HSDPA and WiFi connectivity and a 2,000mAh battery.
The Archos Oxygen 50C will be priced at £199.99 when it goes on sale in the UK.
Archos has also announced the Helium 80 4G ahead of next week's MWC, an 8in 4G tablet that looks to compete with the iPad Mini. This tablet features a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, a 1024x768 resolution screen, 5MP and 2MP cameras, a 3,500mAh battery and Google's Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
The Archos Helium 80 4G will arrive in the UK priced at £229, although there's no word on a release date yet.
Archos CEO Loic Pirer said, "Archos' new lineup of products highlights the company's commitment to innovation and confirms its position in the 3G/4G market.
"Our new product offerings continue to push the boundaries of technology, blending superior design, cutting-edge technology and impressive affordability."
As if that wasn't enough, Archos also announced the 64 Xenon and 40b Titanium smartphones, which will fetch £199 and £99, respectively. µ
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