It’s been a while since Archos has produced anything more than a series of little interesting budget smartphones. However, this week the French manufacturer surprised the mobile world releasing three brand new devices, a rugged tablet – Archos 101 Saphir and two affordable smartphones belonging to Graphite family that offer dual camera system. Called the Archos 50 Graphite and the Archos 55 Graphite, the phones will be launched in the second half of 2017.
Archos debuts the cheapest phones offering dual camera system experience.
To begin with the Archos 55 Graphite, the phablet is a 5.5-inch device featuring HD resolution display covered with 2.5D glass. Driven by a MediaTek MT6737 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and coupled with 2GB RAM the handset offers really decent Android 7.0 Nougat experience it runs out of box. Storage space is represented by 16GB of built-in storage, but you may easily expand it up to 128GB using microSD cards.
Moving to the biggest selling point, this 4G-capable phone offers a dual camera system incorporating a 13MP sensor with autofocus that is additionally supported by a 2MP secondary snapper with a flashlight module. The second shooter allows for better depth sensing. As for front-facing sensor, a 5MP unit should deliver pretty nice selfies. Other than that, the phone comes with an integrated fingerprint scanner able to remember and differ up to 5 different fingerprint, while a 3,000 mAh battery with fast charging mode keeps the device alive.
When it comes to the Archos 50 Graphite, the phone is a smaller and slightly less powerful of the two. It pack a 5-inch 2.5D HD screen panel and is powered by the same quad-core processor we can find in the Archos 55 Graphite also with 2GB RAM. Other specs are also quite identical, the phone supports the same dual camera system and a fingerprint scanner, runs Android Nougat, supports 4G LTE and accepts microSD cards up to 128GB.
Speaking of the Archos 101 Saphir, the rugged tablet comes with an extra durable IP54-rated body, which makes it a great companion of outdoor activities. Housing a 10.1-inch HD IPS display the slate works on a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8163 processor coupled with 1GB RAM and a Mali T720 MP2 GPU responsible for graphics. As the two presented above smartphones, the Archos 101 Saphir also delivers Android Nougat out of box. Optics include a 5MP rear and 2MP front cameras, while the whole thing ticks thanks to a 6,000 mAh battery cell. In terms of connectivity, the tablet supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. In addition it arrives with a micro HDMI ports which is also a really useful feature.
All three devices are scheduled to go on sale in June. Pricing for the Archos 55 Graphite and 50 Graphite will start at $137, which means they will be one of the cheapest phones offering dual camera system. Since they will be available only in select regions, we can be sure of its US premiere.