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The Archos name isn't unheard of around these parts, but while the company has introduced more than a handful of affordable tablets into the market, it isn't the first brand to come to mind when thinking of smartphones. It has produced some before, but they were nothing particularly exciting. Now the company will up its game by rolling out not one but two 4G LTE-capable smartphones at CES next week - the largely identical-looking 45 and 50 Helium.

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As you would expect from Archos, neither of these handsets will be particularly groundbreaking, but if you're in the market for a phone priced reasonably competitively with the $179 Moto G, there's something to see here. Both models come with Android 4.3 but will be upgradeable to Android 4.4.2, and they're powered by a Qualcomm MSM8926 quad-core 1.4 GHz processor. The cheaper 45 Helium has a 4.5-inch 854x480 display, while the beefier model shows off a 5-inch screen with a 1200x720 resolution. The former has 4GB of internal memory, and the latter has twice as much. Both sport 1GB of RAM.

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The 45 Helium will cost $199 once it goes on sale, and the 50 Helium will go for $50 more. Both fall short of undercutting the Moto G on price, but you do get a Micro SD card slot and faster data speeds for the extra money. See the press release below for more details.

 

ARCHOS Debuts 4G/LTE Smartphones at CES 2014 with ARCHOS 45 and 50 Helium
 
Blazing fast unlocked Android smartphones equipped with HD IPS screen, Quad Core 1.4 GHz processor and Full Access to Google Play™ Store
 
ARCHOS’ complete selection of smartphones, tablets and connected devices on display at Central Hall Booth 9844
 
London UK – January 2, 2014 – ARCHOS, a pioneer in Android™ devices, unveils the ARCHOS Helium 4G range, the first ARCHOS LTE smartphones powered by Android™ 4.3 “JellyBean” with full access to Google Play™ Store. Starting at under £200, ARCHOS’ new unlocked 4G phones reinforces the company’s commitment to providing feature-rich, consumer-friendly technology at an affordable price.

ARCHOS’ grand entry into the 4G era smartphone market, the ARCHOS 45 Helium 4G features a vivid 4.5-inch screen with IPS technology, blazing fast Quad Core 1.4 GHz processor and is capable of transferring speeds at up to 150 Mbps using a 4G/LTE network. The ARCHOS 50 Helium 4G, a slighter larger offering, comes equipped with the same cutting edge technology but has a 5-inch HD 1280x720 screen, 8 GB of storage and a 8 MP camera.
 
The launch of the ARCHOS 45 and 50 Helium 4G phones addresses the growth in global 4G network availability and the increasing global demand for affordable mobile technology. ARCHOS’ new smartphones build on the company’s overwhelming success in the European mobile market and takes advantage of its partnership with Qualcomm, leader in mobile chipsets and processor, to jointly engineer and launch affordable 4G solutions worldwide.
 
“The smartphone has revolutionized the way consumers access information, giving them the ability to instantly view, connect and share ideas regardless of location and time,” says Loïc Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. “The ARCHOS Helium 4G smartphones will once again change consumers’ mindsets by making the best possible technology affordable.”
 
ARCHOS’ newest unlocked 4G smartphones supports Micro SD card for easy memory expansion, has dual cameras with autofocus and LED flash, utilizes Micro USB 2.0 connectors to sync and charge, and can supports a variety of multimedia files including MP3, WAV, JPEG, GIF, PNG and more. The ARCHOS Helium 4G smartphones also give users access to a variety of Google services including Google Play application store, Google Chrome web browser, Google Now voice assistant, Google Apps such as Youtube, Gmail, Hangouts and Calendar and more.
 
For more information about ARCHOS Helium 4G smartphones or the entire selection of  smartphones, tablets and connected objects, visit us during CES 2014 at Central Hall Booth 9844 or at www.ARCHOS.com

Source: Archos

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Cuvis

    Very cool stuff. Who'd have thought the low-end market would suddenly become so exciting?

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    Thanks to all the companies that are bringing the prices down for the consumers. Competition is everything.

  • Eli Shirk

    Does Archos put there own skin on top of android or is this a more of a stock android experience?

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.
    • My name is….

      Those kind of companies do not mess much with Android to keep the costs down.

      A happy side effect for us is that they run well.

      Those 2 particular devices I don't like though, akward screen resolutions.

      • Seth Jefferies

        I wouldn't be as concerned with screen resolution as I would actual quality of the screen. Archos sometimes puts out devices that on paper have decent resolution, but in real world use have terrible performance, i.e. poor viewing angles, not bright enough, washed out colors, unresponsive digitizer etc...
        I'm very interested in the 50 though as a replacement for my wife's phone since she fried her LG Optimus G like 6 months into contract. :(

        • Guest18932

          If your wife has a habit of cooking her gadgets, I don't think you should buy her anything.

          • Seth Jefferies

            Not a habit, but she did it with this one. :D

  • Robert Alex Kibler

    Hmm, if these work on verizon, I might have to pick one up just for tethering. I've still got a granddaddied unlimited plan, and I don't want to lose it, but I can't afford $400 for a Moto X.

  • Ray Sunghwa Woo

    I don't like any phone that has less than 4GB of storage.
    I have Optimus F6 from LG and it always has storage error because the apps cannot be installed due to lack of storage. It says 4GB but after their OS is installed, you only get 1.2 GB of free storage which is far below what we all need.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      not just that. You cannot even view photos when your phone memory is full. That's what happened to me on my two 4gb phones.

  • blumpkinator

    it's worth noting that it lacks proper frequency bands to be of use in the USA.
    The 2100 mhz LTE could work for Alaska Wireless customers, and I think ATT has a FEW markets where they use 2100mhz LTE.

    the 3g bands are just all wrong (no 850,1900 or even 1700mhz) so no go on ATT, Tmo or Alaska wireless.

    2g GSM bands at least include 850mhz and 1900mhz.

    In short; unless your using a carrier with 2100mhz LTE (Alaska wireless and some Canadian carriers) ALL you can do is make calls/texts and get useless gprs or edge data. The lack of hspa fallback would be a huge handicap even if you were using a carrier with 2100mhz LTE.

    Sprint or verizon are a no go because those require CDMA for phone/sms [also those carriers do not allow BYOD due to CDMA]
    http://www.droid-life.com/2014/01/02/archos-unveils-45-and-50-helium-4g-lte-smartphones-both-feature-quad-core-chips-and-android-4-3/

    • Robert Alex Kibler

      Good to know. Thank you!

  • Andrew Bockus

    Oh good lord...the 45 only has a 1700mAh battery.

  • Jadephyre

    Not enough RAM, 2GB should be a standard by now, even in the low end sector.

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