Archos announces Oxygen 50d before MWC

archos_50d_oxygenWith Mobile World Congress just around the corner, we are already seeing some early announcements and press releases from manufacturers. This latest one comes from Archos, a French manufacturer known for mostly making low- to mid-range tablets and smartphones in the European markets. The latest Archos device will be an addition to the existing Oxygen line, and will be dubbed the Oxygen 50d. The namesake indicates that it is a successor to the mid-range Oxygen 50c, which debuted two years ago.

The Oxygen 50d looks to fit in somewhere between mid-range and high-end, sporting a 5-inch 1080 x 1920 IPS display that boasts 440 pixels per inch. Under the hood will be a MediaTek MTK6753 processor at 1.3GHz, backed by a Mali T720 MP3 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The latest Oxygen device will also feature a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera.

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Sadly, there will only be 16GB of onboard storage, but users will be able to expand that by up to 32GB via a MicroSD card slot. The Oxygen 50d will also feature a dual-SIM slot. A 2100 mAh battery will power the Android 5.1 Lollipop device, which Archos will have on display at Mobile World Congress in a few weeks.

Interestingly, the Oxygen 50d sports capacitive Home, Menu, and Back buttons, which deviates from the common practice of onscreen Android navigation buttons that most flagship devices of late have come to feature. We will be watching to see how this change plays out when the phone is released. Expect the Oxygen 50d to go on sale in May of this year with a $149.99 price tag.

Source Gadgets 360