Archos announced a new line of affordable 4G LTE smartphones today, the Archos Helium 45 and Helium 50. The two devices will be unveiled at CES next week, and mark the birth of Archos’ Helium line which will pack mid-range specs into an affordable package.
Made with emerging markets and first-time smartphone owners in mind, the Archos Helium devices both run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and rock quad-core Qualcomm processors at a clock speed of 1.4GHz.
The Archos 50 Helium 4G features a 5 inch 1280 x 720 IPS touchscreen, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for memory expansion. An 8MP camera with 1080p video capture is included along with a 2,000mAh battery. As for the Archos 45 Helium 4G, the device rocks a 4.5 inch 854 x 480 FWVGA acreen, 1GB of RAM, a 1,700 mAh battery and 4GB of internal storage. Memory can be expanded via a microSD slot.
The Archos 45 Helium will run $199, and the 50 Helium $249.
Press release follows below.
ARCHOS Debuts 4G/LTE Smartphones at CES 2014 with ARCHOS 45 and 50 Helium
Denver – January 2, 2014 – ARCHOS, a pioneer in Android™ devices, unveils the ARCHOS Helium 4G range, the first ARCHOS LTE smartphones powered by Android™ 4.3 “JellyBean” with full access to Google Play™ Store. Starting at under $200, ARCHOS’ new unlocked 4G phones reinforces the company’s commitment to providing feature-rich, consumer-friendly technology at an affordable price.
ARCHOS’ grand entry into the 4G era smartphone market, the ARCHOS 45 Helium 4G features a vivid 4.5-inch screen with IPS technology, blazing fast Quad Core 1.4 GHz processor and is capable of transferring speeds at up to 150 Mbps using a 4G/LTE network. The ARCHOS 50 Helium 4G, a slighter larger offering, comes equipped with the same cutting edge technology but has a 5-inch HD 1280×720 screen, 8 GB of storage and a 8 MP camera.
The launch of the ARCHOS 45 and 50 Helium 4G phones addresses the growth in global 4G network availability and the increasing global demand for affordable mobile technology.
ARCHOS’ new smartphones build on the company’s overwhelming success in the European mobile market and takes advantage of its partnership with Qualcomm, leader in mobile chipsets and processor, to jointly engineer and launch affordable 4G solutions worldwide.
“The smartphone has revolutionized the way consumers access information, giving them the ability to instantly view, connect and share ideas regardless of location and time,” says Loïc Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. “The ARCHOS Helium 4G smartphones will once again change consumers’ mindsets by making the best possible technology affordable.”
ARCHOS’ newest unlocked 4G smartphones supports Micro SD card for easy memory expansion, has dual cameras with autofocus and LED flash, utilizes Micro USB 2.0 connectors to sync and charge, and can supports a variety of multimedia files including MP3, WAV, JPEG, GIF, PNG and more. The ARCHOS Helium 4G smartphones also give users access to a variety of Google services including Google Play application store, Google Chrome web browser, Google Now voice assistant, Google Apps such as Youtube, Gmail, Hangouts and Calendar and more.