Archos is not a very popular brand in the US, but customers in Europe are pretty familiar with its products. The French company specializes mainly in Android tablets and portable media players with screens as small as 2.8 inches and as large as 13.3 inches One thing that it has not produced so far were Android smartphones, but if the latest rumors are to be trusted, it is about to change soon.
Archos is working on three Android phones.
According to a French blogger, Archos is currently working on as many as three Android smartphones that could launch in the coming months. Each device will target a different group of customers ranging from entry-level to high performance and consequently will be tailored to a different price range. The lineup will include the following handsets: the Archos 35 Carbon, Archos 48 Platinum and Archos 52 Titanium.
Out of the three, the Archos 48 Platinum will be the flagship offering in the company’s smartphone portfolio. The handset is rumored to come with a 4.8-inch 1,280 x 800 IPS touch screen and will possibly be powered by a quad-core 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT6589 processor. The phone will also offer 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS navigation, and FM Radio and will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The chipset supports LTE but at this point it is unclear whether LTE radio will be included or not. The Archos 48 Platinum will become available in May for just €249, which is around $333.
These are just rumors so take them with a grain of salt, but the phones look quite promising so let’s keep our fingers crossed for them to be true.