For Android fans on a budget, check out the Archos 50 Diamond and 80b Helium

archos announces 50 diamond phone and 80b helium tablet
CES 2015 is nigh upon us, and Archos, the company that has dominion over cheap Android tablets and smartphones, announced a slew of new products. Chief among them are the 50 Diamond and 80b Helium.

Starting with the 50 Diamond, we’re looking at an Android 4.4.4 KitKat smartphone powered by an unspecified octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, likely from MediaTek, coupled with 2GB of RAM. 16GB of internal storage should be plenty of room to store pictures taken with the 16-megapixel camera on the back and 8-megapixel camera on the front. If that’s not enough space, the Micro SD card slot allows for expansion up to 128GB.

Displaying KitKat in all its chocolate goodness is the 5-inch 1080p display, with the modestly-beefy 2,7oomAh battery hopefully chugging the phone along throughout the day. As for the price, for its specifications, we would have been modestly surprised if this was at $300. However, Archos prices the 50 Diamond at under $200, making the handset a surprisingly good value.

Archos 80b Helium

Moving on to the 80b Helium, we don’t have as much information to share. As of this writing, the only thing we know is the 80b Helium is equipped with 4G LTE, powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, and will be priced at under $150.

We’ll likely learn more about the 80b Helium once CES kicks off, though Archos also announced the renewal of its 45b, 50b, and 50c smartphones, as well as the 70 and 101 Helium tablets.


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