This will sound weird coming from Archos, purveyors of entry level gadgets and budget phones. The company is set to unveil a smartphone with relatively higher specs in the Archos 50d Oxygen smartphone, scheduled to be launched at the Mobile World Congress later this month. Archos is not ditching its commitment to affordable pricing, so it seems that end users are getting the best of both worlds here.
The Archos 50d Oxygen will come with a 5-inch FullHD (1080p) IPS LCD screen, powered by a MediaTek MT6753 chipset. This has an octa-core processor, and is supported by 2GB RAM and a Mali-T720 GPU. There is built-in support for 4G LTE and dual SIM functionality.
As far as the aesthetics go, this is not too much of a departure from what we have seen from Archos before. The phone features a 13MP/5MP camera combo, which is decent for a budget phone. It has all your connectivity options except NFC, and will run on Android 5.1 Lollipop. A 2,100mAh battery keeps the lights on.
The new phone is scheduled to ship in May this year, with a very affordable USD$150 price tag. It will be showcased in Archos’s display in this year’s MWC, so if you’re going to be around the area, check this out.