The French smartphone maker, Archos, has displayed four new budget smartphones at the ongoing MWC 2015 trade show. The smartphones launched are the Archos 50 Oxygen+, 52 Platinum, 59 Xenon, and 62 Xenon. The firm also launched three new tablets in the market named Archos 101 Magnus, 101 Magnus +, and 94 Magnus.
The dual-SIM supporting Archos 50 Oxygen+ is a slightly toned-down variant of the firm's previously launched 50c Oxygen. The smartphone features the same 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) resolution IPS display but is powered by a different processor, 1.4GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6592, coupled with 1GB RAM and Mali 450MP4 GPU.
The Android 4.4 KitKat-based Archos 50 Oxygen+ also houses the same 8-megapixel rear camera with BSI sensor as seen with the 50c Oxygen, but includes a 5-megapixel front-facing camera instead of a 2-megapixel pme. The inbuilt storage has also been bumped-up from 8GB to 16GB, which can be further expanded via microSD card (up to 64GB).
The smartphone comes in both 3G and 4G LTE models, includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS and USB under its connectivity features, and is backed by a 2000mAh Li-ion battery. While the 3G model of Archos 50 Oxygen+ will be hitting the shelves in March at a sub-$200 (roughly Rs. 12,400) price range, the 4G LTE version is hinted to arrive in June.
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The Archos 52 Platinum, 59 Xenon, and 62 Xenon smartphones are powered by the same 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6582 coupled with 1GB of RAM. Other common specifications are 8GB of expandable inbuilt storage and 8-megapixel rear camera. However, while the 52 Platinum and 59 Xenon include 2-mgeapixel front facing cameras, the 62 Xenon equips a better 5-megapixel front-facing cameras.
The dual-SIM Android 4.4 KitKat-based smartphones also come with different screen sizes. The Archos 52 Platinum houses 5.2-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) resolution display, while the 59 Xenon and 62 Xenon sport 5.9-inch HD and 6.27-inch HD displays respectively. While the battery capacity of 59 Xenon is not yet known, the 52 Platinum and the 62 Xenon are backed by a 1750mAh and 2300mAh battery respectively.
While the availability details of the handsets are not yet known, the 52 Platinum, 59 Xenon, and 62 Xenon are priced at $145 (roughly Rs. 9,000), $158 (roughly Rs. 9,800), and $170 (roughly Rs. 10,500) respectively.
In the tablet section, Archos launched three new devices named Archos 101 Magnus, 101 Magnus +, and 94 Magnus. Archos claimed that out of these three, the 94 Magnus is the world's first ever tablet with 256GB of inbuilt storage. Slated to launch in April this year, the 101 Magnus +, 101 Magnus, and 94 Magnus will be priced at GBP 249 (roughly Rs. 23,800), GBP 129 (roughly Rs. 12,300), and GBP 249 (roughly Rs. 23,800) respectively.
The Android 4.4 KitKat-based Archos 94 Magnus features a 9.4-inch HD (1280x800 pixels) resolution IPS display and is powered by 1.8GHz quad-core Rockchip RK 3288 processor, coupled with 1.5GB RAM and Mali T764 GPU. The tablet, despite having a 256GB of inbuilt storage, also supports an additional 128GB of microSD card. A 5-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front facing camera is housed inside the tablet. Sized at 240x10x172mm, the 94 Magnus weighs 570 grams and is backed by a 6400mAh battery.
The Archos 101 Magnus, the OS of which has not been mentioned by the firm, is powered by a quad-core Mediatek MT8127 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, coupled with 1GB of RAM and Mali 450MP4 GPU. The tablet comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage with no word on its expandability, alongside a 2-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Sized at 262x156x12mm, the 101 Magnus weighs 550 grams and is backed by a 4000mAh battery.
The Archos 101 Magnus + comes powered by the same Rockchip processor and GPU seen in 94 Magnus tablet, coupled with 2GB of RAM. Featuring a 10.1 full-HD (1920x1200 pixels) resolution IPS display, the tablet houses a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Also, 128GB of inbuilt storage is included inside the tablet, with no details on its expandability option. Sized at 240x10x172mm, the 101 Magnus+ weighs 570 grams and is backed by a 7000mAh battery.
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