Archos a French-based mobile maker certainly isn’t one of the biggest names in the mobile industry. Despite of being small player, the company joins all its efforts to gain a firm market position. Earlier this week, Archos took the Berliner stage of IFA 2017 and unleashed three new smartphones lines along with a fresh tablet – eight devices in total.
Archos unveiled a whooping number of its new devices. Except for a cheap Access phones series, the company also announced updates to the rugged Sense line and added two more premium devices: Diamond Alpha+ and Diamond Tab.
Conscious of how different customers’ needs may be, Archos introduced its so-far cheapest smartphone line called Access along with a slightly more expensive Archos Core 50. But it’s just the beginning of surprises, as the company also announced that they’re expanding their rugged Sense series by a new smartphone and a tablet and presented the unquestioned star of the show – the Archos Diamond Alpha+ and its slate sibling the 10.1-inch Archos Diamond Tab.
Archos Access and Core 50
To start from the incredibly cheap Archos Access, the device is offered in four size variants. You can choose among compact 4-inch, 4.5-inch models or more standard 5-inch and 5.5-inch variants. Regardless the size-factor, all four devices feature the same FWVGA display and come powered by a quad-core processor coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB of built-in storage. As for pricing, it starts from $60 for the smallest model and end up at $95 for the biggest model.
The Archos Core 50 is in turn a 5-inch phone available in two variants. The more expensive and hence mode advanced model provides its users with 2GB RAM and a combination of 13MP and 5MP rear and front cameras, while the cheaper option sold for less than $120 offers 1GB RAM and an 8MP primary camera supported by a 2MP selfie snapper. Both models employ the same quad-core CPU of so-far unknown name.
All these phones target basic users and they arrive in a variety of color options. The Archos Access is accessible in black, blue and yellow, whereas the Archos Core 50 is available in black, gray or red.
Moving on to the Archos Sense series, the Sense 47X is a water-, dust- and bump-resistant smartphone with a 4.7-inch IPS HD screen panel that may be your for $155. The durable body shell of the phone hides 1GB RAM and 3,000 mAh battery. Meanwhile, the second new device in the line, the Sense 101X is a 10.1-inch slate offering 2GB RAM and 32GB of built-in expandable storage. Designed to withstand bad weather conditions the tablet durable shell houses a 6,000 mAh battery unit. The slate goes on sale priced at $240.
Archos Diamond Alpha and Tab
Except for a plethora of low-cost devices, Archos also unveiled the freshest upgrade to its flagship Diamond Alpha series. Named Diamond Alpha+ the phone sports a 5.2-inch Full HD screen covered with Corning Gorilla Glass for extra scratch protection. Driven by the eight-core Snapdragon 653 processor (a slight improvement from the Snapdragon 652 which powers the Diamond Alpha) the handset offers 6GB RAM and 128GB of native storage space.
Optics come represented by a dual Sony-made 13MP camera consisting of two sensors: color and monochrome. The handset indeed looks and feels like a premium device, but truth to be told it’s nothing more than a simply rebranded ZTE Nubia Z17 mini that came into the light earlier this year.
Meanwhile the 10.1-inch Diamond Tab tablet offers an extremely sharp viewing experience delivered by a Quad HD+ (2,560 x 1,600 pixels) screen panel and packs a Cortex A-based processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage and a pretty generous 6,000 mAh battery.
Speaking of the pricing for these devices, the Diamond Alpha+ costs $475, while the Diamond Tab is within your reach for $355.
All the discussed devices are scheduled to hit the European market in October. So far Archos didn’t confirm whether any of their newest offerings will be available in the States.