When it comes to buying a new smartphone, Archos generally isn't the first company that crosses ones mind. The company is looking to change that with a new line of highly affordable "3G+" smartphones, which were just unveiled today. Say hello to the 35 Carbon, 50 Platinum, and 53 Platinum.

This trio keeps the somewhat familiar Archos branding – the number indicates the display size, while the suffix alludes to the "quality" of the product (i.e. Carbon is lower-end, while the Platinum name is reserved for higher-end products).

ARCHOS 35 Carbon

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The 35 Carbon is the smallest and packs the least impressive specs of the trio, but for $99 without contract, you shouldn't expect much in the first place.

  • 3.5" IPS 320x480 Display (yikes!)
  • 1GHz Qualcomm 7225A
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB Storage with microSD card slot
  • Dual SIM slots
  • VGA front and rear cameras
  • 1,300mAh battery
  • Android 4.0

See? May be good for a child's first smartphone, I guess.

ARCHOS 50 Platinum

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The 50 Platinum isn't exactly going to break any records, but it's definitely a major step up from the 35 Carbon, in terms of size, spec, and price. For $200, this one is actually pretty usable and will keep you away from having to sign a contract.

  • 5.0" IPS 960x540 display
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm 8225Q (Cortex-A5)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB storage with microSD card slot
  • Dual SIM Slots
  • 8MP rear shooter, 2MP front camera
  • 2,000mAh battery
  • Android 4.1.2

Sure, it's no game-changer, but for the price, it's at least worth considering. Maybe.

ARCHOS 53 Platinum

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The 53 Platinum is, of course, the largest of the three. Under the hood it's nearly identical to the 50 Platinum, though it does house a larger battery to help power its 5.3-inch display.

  • 5.3" IPS 960x540 display
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm 8225Q (Cortex-A5)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB storage with microSD card slot
  • Dual SIM Slots
  • 8MP rear shooter, 2MP front camera
  • 2,800mAh battery
  • Android 4.1.2

The 53 Platinum will set you back a reasonable $250 – not a bad price for someone looking to enter the oversized-smartphone market on a budget.

All three devices feature a "pure, un-skinned" Android experience and will be available at the end of May beginning in Europe.

More info: 35 Carbon, 50 Platinum, 53 Platinum

Denver, CO – April 18th, 2013 - ARCHOS, a pioneer in AndroidTM devices, is pleased to announce its first line of GoogleTM certified smartphones. Each smartphone will feature a super slim design, IPS screen with amazing viewing angles, a powerful Qualcomm CPU and the flexibility of dual SIM cards which allow the user to manage two providers simultaneously.
The ARCHOS 35 Carbon ($99.99), ARCHOS 50 Platinum ($219.99) and ARCHOS 53 Platinum($249.99) will be the first in a new line of smartphones to be released and will be available starting in Europe at the end of May 2013.
“The smartphone market is shifting, as SIM-free sales versus subsidized sales are increasing, and ARCHOS is prepared to respond, as we can offer retail channels affordable, unlocked and feature-rich smartphones without the need to subsidize,” says Loïc Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. “Furthermore smartphones and tablets are interrelated markets that have quickly crossed over with the arrival of “phablets” - half-phone, half-tablet devices. It only makes sense that this should be our next phase of products as this would be a natural fit for our brand and long term growth.”
Ranging from 3.5” to 5.3” in size, the first three smartphones to be released in Q2 will include a range of features, connectivity, CPU’s and storage. The flagship device, the ARCHOS 50 Platinum, features a stunning 5.0 inch full black IPS display paired with a quad-core CPU at 1.2GHz and 8 M Pixels camera. End-users will have an experience similar to a Samsung Galaxy S3 for half the price.
In addition, all smartphones in this new line will include:

  • Pure un-skinned Android OS
  • Google Certification for access to Google PlayTM and Google Mobile Services including Google NowTM
  • Dual SIM flexibility to manage two providers simultaneously from one phone
  • An IPS Screen with amazing viewing angles
  • Full Black Screen Process
  • ARCHOS Media Centre Apps for music and videos
  • Cloud-Based Contacts and Storage
  • Front and Back Cameras for capturing the perfect picture