Apr 18 AT 4:19 PM Taylor Wimberly 21 Comments

Archos reveals stock Android phones starting at $99


Today Archos announced their first line of Google-certified smartphones, which are slated to hit Europe at the end of May. Archos has been producing Android devices for awhile, but not all of them were certified by Google, and they lacked access to Google’s mobile services like the Google Play store.

The new family of smartphones includes the Archos 35 Carbon ($99), Archos 50 Platinum ($219), and the Archos 53 Platinum ($249). Each smartphone features 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 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.”

Unfortunately, these low-priced Android phones will not support the 3G frequencies of US carriers, but they do provide a preview of where the market is headed. Prices for unlocked Android phones will continue to decrease and we should see more hardware OEMs adopt stock Android.

Source: Archos

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  • redraider133

    Good to see the prices of phones dropping and especially some with higher end specs.

    • CaptainDoug

      I’m assuming by “higher” end, you meant, not low end?

  • SGB101

    If these are EU only are tour prices the € (or £) to dollars? if so that are extremely cheap, dwarfing the nexus 4 price for us in the UK.

    8gb nexus 4in the UK is £351,at the current exchange rate. Where as the top Archos would be £163. That can’t be right. Can it?

    • SGB101

      Just checked the specs, not the greatest but if the price is correct, still a very cheap very capable device.

      • CaptainDoug

        The 50 looks decent but the dimensions make the phone out to be huge. It may be thin but there has got to be so much bezel.

        • Pete

          10.2mm thick but it is the 3.5″ screen stops me recommending it to people I want to introduce to Smart phones.

          These are mostly older people with not the best eye sight and 3.5″ is a tad to small.

    • masterpfa

      16 Gb Nexus in the UK is £289 8Gb £249 both prices including postage.

    • Sere83

      lol, don’t know where you have been looking but 8Gb Nexus 4 is £239 in the UK…


      These archos handsets are toilet, get completely obliterated by the nexus 4, especially in processing power

    • SGB101

      Edit* $351 at exchange rate not £.

    • rowley

      What are you basing this on? An 8gb nexus 4 is £239 in the UK from google’s play store.

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  • masterpfa

    Not everyone wants or can afford Top Specs, some may want to buy them for family members without the need to be tied to a conbtract.

    Maybe not for you and me, but an addition, non the less, to the Android Family to suit the market it was designed for.

  • donger

    Cheap and decent.

  • rpras

    If only they did a 47 Platinum with 720p screen and global LTE at $300.

  • xaml

    It looks like a Galaxy S3 which was crossed with a mirror. Maybe that also explains the two mobile connectivity icons in the notification bar…

    • xaml

      Well, and a Nexus 4.

  • Sere83

    QHD is a total fail, Cortex A5 and weak GPu is a fail, archos are a total fail.

    Just buy a Jiayu G4 or NEO N003 or a UMi X2 or an iOcean X7 from china which all are all released very soon or already out and will be available from loads of international sellers.

    All have either 720p or full 1080p displays and all run proper quad core A7 cpu’s with the beastly Power VRSGX544 GPu as found in the GS4. The Jiayu and iOcean are also confimred to run android 4.2.1

    • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

      I have a 4.3 inches qHD phone and it is good. There is no need to boo Archos like that. Remember that they are competing with Nexuses and I believe they are doing a very good job.

      • EmagehtmaI

        Truth. I had a Droid X that had a 4.3″ screen with a 228 PPI. The 50 has a screen with a just-slightly-lower PPI of 220. I was quite happy with my Droid X’s screen. Sure, it’s no retina display on the iPhone or the awesome screens being used on the HTC One/Droid DNA/GS4, but remember the point of this phone is to be a BUDGET phone. Slapping a 1080p screen on this phone would be sure to raise the price a good bit, when the fact that you can buy an unlocked quad-core, Jelly Bean Android phone for under $240 is PRECISELY the point of this phone.

  • EmagehtmaI

    The 35 seems likes a staggering deal. Specs are kinda 2011, yes, but where else could you get a brand new Android 4.0 smartphone for under a hundred bucks? It’d be a great deal for a parent who has a teenager that wants a smartphone but doesn’t want to pay out the rear for it. Buy the phone, slap a Solavei or Straight Talk SIM in there, and there you go. Even the 50 looks great – quad-core processor, 5″ HD screen, and Jelly Bean, for $230? Wish I’d have known about this before I had extended my contract with Verizon, haha.

    • Emagehtmai

      5″ qHD screen, sorry.