Archos has announced a new range of budget smartphones for those of limited means—and while they may not be market leaders, they have value and stock Android going for them.
While the new handsets might not be challenging the HTC One anytime soon, there's no denying their value. The 35 Carbon, for instance, offers up a 3.5-inch IPS screen, 4GB of internal storage, VGA cameras front and rear, 1 GHz Qualcomm 7225A processor, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0, all running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Not setting the world on fire—but then it only costs $120 off-contract.
At the higher end, the 50 Platinum packs a 5-inch IPS display, quad-core Qualcomm 1.2GHz 8225Q processor, 1 GB of memory, 4GB of internal memory, 8 megapixel rear-camera, and 2-megapixel front-camera, all running on Android 4.1.2. That'll cost $275—which again, is pretty good value. The same phone with a bigger 5.3-inch screen and larger battery will cost $300.
All three are only available full-price, off-contract and carry dual-SIM card slots. They're tied to HSPA 3G though—no LTE here. Initially available in Europe from May, there's no word on exactly when they'll make it to the US, but it shouldn't be much longer after. [Archos]