Archos reveals new budget ‘Cobalt’ and ‘Power’ phones

Low-cost phones are selling very well and many manufacturers have already announced their own lines of affordable phones, but sometimes they do come sort when it comes to customization or battery life. France-based Archos aims to solve both of these problems with its new Cobalt and Power range of smartphones.

Announced at CES 2016, both the Cobalt and Power phones will each feature two variants with different specifications.

Archos Cobalt range

The Cobalt range is aimed at users who want a little color on their smartphones. With two varieties, the 5-inch Archos 50 Cobalt and the 5.5-inch Archos 55 Plus Cobalt, the range will also come with quad-core processors, a IPS HD display, expandable memory and 4G/LTE compatibility.

Archos 50 CobaltArchos 55 Cobalt+
Android versionAndroid 5.1 Lollipop
CPUMT6535P ARM Cortex A-53 at 1.0GHz x 4
GPUMali T720 MP3
Screen5-inch 1280×720 HD5.5-inch 1280×720 HD
RAM1GB2GB
Internal Storage8GB16GB
Expandable StorageMicroSD card, up to 64GB
Camera2MP front / 8MP Autofocus + Flash LED back2MP front / 13MP Autofocus + Flash LED back
ConnectivityLTE: 800 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 MHz
GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G: 900 / 2100 MHz
Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Ready
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hot Spot
GPS / FM Radio
POP / IMAP / Exchange Active Sync / SMTP / Push Mail
Battery2,000mAh2,700mAh
PriceUS$99US$139

Specifications are subject to change and may vary depending on the market.

Archos Power range

The Power range features phones with a powerful, long-life battery, with Archos claiming a life of up to two days under “regular usage conditions”. The two phones, the 4-inch Archos 40 Power and the 5-inch Archos 50 Power, is aimed at “on-the-go light users” who rely on battery life moreso than more premium features or specs.

Archos 40 PowerArchos 50 Power
Android versionAndroid 5.1 Lollipop
CPUSC7731C Cortex A7 at 1.2GHz x 4MTK6735 Quad Core
GPUMali 400 MP4Mali T720
Screen4-inch 480×800 WVGA5-inch 1280×720 HD
RAM512MB2GB
Internal Storage8GB16GB
Expandable StorageMicroSD card, up to 64GB
Camera2MP front /5MP Flash LED back3MP front / 13MP Autofocus + Flash LED back
ConnectivityGSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G: 900 / 2100 MHz
Bluetooth Ready
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hot Spot
GPS / FM Radio
POP / IMAP / Exchange Active Sync / SMTP / Push Mail
Battery1,900mAh4,000mAh
PriceUS$49US$119

Specifications are subject to change and may vary depending on the market.

The Cobalt range will be available in April this year, while the Power range arrives a month later in May.

Once well-known for their MP3 players, Archos have responded to the growing affordable phone trend with two new ranges that look good on paper. What do you think, has Archos got it right on focusing on battery life and color customization? Voice it out in the comments below.

Source: Archos

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