Archos, the French mobile device manufacturer known for its tablets, is launching a new line of smartphones, ranging in display size from 3.5 to 5.3 inches. All run a "pure" un-skinned version of the Android operating system, commonly available only on Google Nexus devices.
The Archos 35 Carbon, 50 Platinum and 53 Platinum are priced to attract customers without carrier subsidies, at $99/£79.99, $219.99/£179.99 and $249.99/£199.99, respectively. European customers will see the Archos line of smartphones first starting in May.
The 5.3-inch Archos 53 Platinum is the flagship of the series, bumping into "phablet" realm with its large 960 x 540 pixel, 220 ppi display. The device features an 8-megapixel main camera and 2-megapixel front camera, LED flash, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage with expandable memory up to 64GB, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and runs Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean).
The Archos 50 Platinum offers very similar specifications but a smaller battery, while the 35 Carbon offers entry-level specs and runs Android 4.0.
You can read the full Archos press release here.
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