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


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


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


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


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Jeff Hesser

    wow. So if they can do all of that for $250... what could they build for $350? I love this idea but how many senators do we have to bribe before a company like this can release their phone in the US without having to assume the position with carriers? Maybe Tmobile should give these guys a call.

    • Derail Doax

      Yes. T-Mobile definitely needs to sell these phones. With their new contract free business plan having a 5.0" phone for $220 and a 5.3" phone for $250 they would entice a lot of people to jump ship to there.

    • http://twitter.com/TaylorSandler TaylorSandler

      what Elaine answered I'm blown away that a mother can make $7054 in 4 weeks on the network.

      • shonangreg

        If a spammer forgets to include the link, is it still spam?

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    • http://twitter.com/TaylorSandler TaylorSandler

      ....---goo.gl/wfnxU (Home more information)

  • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

    Pixel density is no good though. Otherwise the 53 Archos may have been an actual option.

    • Derail Doax

      Well actually the Pixel Density isn't that bad. It's nothing compared to your newly released high end phones off today that cost $700-800 off contract. However it is possible to have a beautiful screen at that size and pixel density. The identical 206 pixel density was on the Sprint Epic 4G Touch and I thought that had a very pretty screen. Luckily the Epic 4G Touch had a Super AMOLED Plus which had a normal RGB pixel layout instead of Pentile. Honestly I thought my wifes Epic 4G Touch had one of the prettiest screens I had seen until I got my Galaxy S 3. So I don't think the pixel density really is a deal breaker in this situation, however it all can be depending upon what screen technology is used. Do note that the iPhone 3GS had a pixel density of only 165, the Galaxy Note 2 only has a pixel density of 265, and the Nexus 7 has a pixel density of 216. So the qHD resolution isn't all bad at 5.3" at 206 PPI.

  • OrganicJerk

    I can't wait to see what the 2g and 3g Bands are... And if the battery is removable. If it's quad band and all the 3g bands, this may be my next travel phone. These look great at first glance.

  • Kenny O

    I'm much more intrigued with Blu's upcoming line of aggressively priced unlocked phones.

    • barnassey thomas

      I was actually getting ready to say the same thing. For $239 i can get a Quad core phone with a the same res screen and a 2300 battery. Puts these models to shame.

      • http://twitter.com/lewisanderson78 Lewis Anderson

        the last 2 said they were quad core

        • JLM

          and the last one has a bigger battery, but with the bigger screen it probably east that up just the same.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    I wouldn't buy any of these over the Nexus 4... but I could see this being a hugely important development in the developing world.

  • Some1overthere

    I wish manufactures wouldn't forget about the small screen size market. I know people who don't want a 5"+ screen. Even my 4.3" is too big for them. Unfortunately all the small screen phones are cr@p. Why can't we have a qHD 3.5-ish with a solid dual-core processor, RAM and memory?

    • Derail Doax

      Well 3.5" phones make it very difficult to be productive. And for those unproductive people there is a small unproductive phone called the iPhone for them...

      • http://twitter.com/Gnabergasher Gabernasher

        I do suppose all they need to do is make a smaller phone than the iPhone, and people who love small phones would jump on it like flies on shit. A lot of people miss their physical keyboards too.

        • Derail Doax

          Lol. The 2.8" screened HP Veer was tiny and had a physical keyboard. FLOP! Barely even made it out of the gate before it died.

          • fixxmyhead

            i think u mean the HP queer lol

          • Derail Doax


          • http://kittyanarchy.net/ Ashley Davis

            Grow the fuck up.

          • fixxmyhead

            Aww did that get u upset?

          • http://twitter.com/Gnabergasher Gabernasher

            I don't think it was running 4.1+ for $100 or so off contract. Make it $200 and it's still cheap.

    • Floss

      It is kind of hard to pack the same components in a phone that size.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    Any idea on UK prices?

  • Owen Finn

    I'd pick up the Carbon 35 just to have a phone to go camping with.

  • http://twitter.com/Gnabergasher Gabernasher

    I imagine the developer community will jump right on these as well, they should just hire em for contract work when updates come out. Good revenue stream for devs..

  • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

    No T-mobile support, don't care

  • http://twitter.com/lewisanderson78 Lewis Anderson

    im hoping republic wireless adds these to there service

  • http://twitter.com/huangs Spencer H

    • SIM 1 2G (GSM/GPRS/ EDGE 900/1800/1900 MHz)
    • SIM 2 2G/3G (WCDMA 900/2100)

  • Henry Choy

    Meh, I'd rather purchase the BLU Life One. Unfortunately I would have to wait till the end of May, but since it comes with Jellybean, better specs, and Tri-Band HSPA support so it's definitely worth the wait. http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/15/blu-life-series-smartphones/ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151595595491605 Although, by then I'd probably want a Nexus 5 instead...

  • http://www.facebook.com/dean.jen.39 Dean Jen

    I think the biggest problem may lie with the specific frequency those phones has supported. There is no 2G @ 850, which means that AT&T customers probably are out of luck, or at least will suffer from lack of reception somewhere.. There is no 3G 850/1900 so again AT&T customers are out of luck. There is also no 3G 1700(I see the 2100 there) support, so Tmobile customers can't get 3G/4G, either; instead they have to rely on some limited coverage of 1900 band.

    Not sure if this is a very good way to sell the phone UNLESS Archos can modify the band to at least include GSM 2G Quad-band(850/900/1800/1900) and 3G Penta-band(850/900/1700/1900/2100)...LTE seems like a distanced dream..

  • paxmos

    320x480 and 960x540 displays even for a 5" and 5.3 screens???, you've got to be kidding me

    • Phill_S

      First the 320x480 is just the 3.5" device. Which sucks but it is a $100 phone off contract which puts it pretty much in line with its competition.

      Second 960x540 in a 5" screen is 220DPI screen which at $200 off contract is pretty good. The worst thing in that device is found in the processor, ram and memory.

      The least shocking thing in the world is that three cheap devices arent particularly great. But they arent that bad either.

  • http://twitter.com/KenMcitp Lucky Tech

    They look amazing but the only issue I see is that these devices are not lte

  • QuanahHarjo

    The Platinum 50 might actually be decent. Being able to buy a midrange phone with nothing but spare Amazon giftcards is kind of appealing. But the 4 Gigs of storage is somewhat offputting, especially since I like to use Google Music to manage my devices, and it won't store pinned music to SD :-(

  • s44

    Do you folks realize just how crappy A5 is? At least go with A7... yikes.

  • Alex

    What the point in having 2 similar phones? Think they should not make the 5" one, and in is place made a 4.3".

  • Nian Banks

    Just a word for the wise, Pixel Per Square Inch (PPI) is not always needed for a great experience. Remember the Commodore Amiga? Back in the day it was fantastic, a real multimedia machine. The standard display on those was the Commodore 1084S, a 14" 15Khz 50/60Hz TV style CRT. A standard NON interlaces PAL resolution was 640x256. Thats a PPI of just 49. Thats right, 49PPI, It was good for games, web browsing, graphics editing, It did everything you could think of.
    Sure technology advances, doesn't mean its that important. Especially on a 3.5" screen.
    This device has better specs in many ways than the Galasy S1 (GT-I9000), the S1 is still a damned fine phone and even second hand is more expensive than this.