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Archos 50 Saphir


Archos 50 Saphir
Archos 50 Saphir (50 Series)
Mediatek MT6737T 4 x 1.44 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
2048 MB 
, DDR3
5.00 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel 294 PPI, capacitive, 5 touch points, IPS, Gorilla Glas 4, glossy: yes
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 10 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio, Card Reader: microSD up to 128 GB, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: G-Sensor, proximity, USB-OTG, WiFi-Direct, SAR head: 0.551 W/kg, SAR body: 0.804 W/kg
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 4.0, 2G (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), 3G (900/2100 MHz), 4G (800/1800/2100/2600 MHz, up to 50 Mbps), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 14 x 146 x 76 ( = 0.55 x 5.75 x 2.99 in)
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 37 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 27 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 740 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 550 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Primary Camera: 13 MPix (Auto focus, LED flash)
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, Power adapter, service brochures, SIM tool, Google Apps, Archos Video, Archos Files, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
222 g ( = 7.83 oz / 0.49 pounds), Power Supply: 76 g ( = 2.68 oz / 0.17 pounds)
229 Euro


Price comparison

Average Score: 75.8% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 11 reviews)
price: 81%, performance: 54%, features: 55%, display: 76% mobility: 87%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 76%, emissions: 94%

Reviews for the Archos 50 Saphir

78.6% Archos 50 Saphir Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Hard shell – slow core? The 50 Saphir from the French manufacturer Archos is a robust smartphone for harsh environments. The smartphone is not the most powerful of its kind, but it provides a lot of stamina in return.
59% Outdoor-Handy Archos 50 Saphir ausprobiert
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/31/2017
Rating: Total score: 59% features: 60% mobility: 40% workmanship: 70%
Archos 50 Saphir
Source: Connect - 4/2017 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2017
90% Archos 50 Saphir
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 92% performance: 60% features: 60% display: 80% mobility: 100% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 80%
Archos 50 Saphir ist ein Akku-Monster
Source: n-tv German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/11/2017
81% Archos 50 Saphir: lo smartphone carrarmato!
Source: Chimera Revo Italian IT→EN version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/03/2017
Rating: Total score: 81% price: 80% performance: 75% mobility: 95% workmanship: 85%
72% Recensione Archos 50 Saphir: il giusto modo di fare un rugged
Source: Tech Italian IT→EN version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/14/2017
Rating: Total score: 72% price: 75% features: 66% display: 72% mobility: 95% ergonomy: 68%
74% Recensione Archos 50 Saphir
Source: Italian IT→EN version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 74% price: 75% display: 75% mobility: 85% ergonomy: 80%
76% Test : Archos 50 Saphir, anti-casse, anti-noyade et à moins de 200 euros
Source: 01Net French FR→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/23/2016
Rating: Total score: 76% performance: 60% mobility: 100%
Test, recenzja, opinia – Archos 50 Saphir (AC50SA) – Jak zapomnisz młotka, gwoździe możesz nim wbijać!
Source: 90 Sekund Turkish PL→EN version
Positive: Long battery life; quick charging; decent hardware; good price. Negative: Poor cameras.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/10/2017
Archos 50 Saphir: odolný obrněnec s velkým akumulátorem (recenze)
Source: CZ→EN version
Positive: Support waterproof; long battery life. Negative: Poor cameras.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/24/2017
RECENZIA: Archos 50 Saphir. Nadštandardne odolný nezmar
Source: Android Portal SK→EN version
Positive: Low price; impressive design. Negative: Short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/27/2017



Archos 50 Saphir is an IP68 certified smartphone which is tough with decent hardware specification. IP68 is a special waterproof, dustproof and shockproof certification which indicates that no dust can enter the enclosure of the smartphone, as well as capable of staying in more than 1 metre of water for at least 30 minutes. This is slightly higher than the usual IP57 or even IP67 usually offered by manufacturers. With protective features built into the smartphone, it is suitable for users who require a more resistant smartphone that can survive in a harsh outdoor environment such as mountain climbers or underwater divers. It even looks the path with its hard shell and rugged design. The phone looks something like the Samsung Galaxy Active series. For hardware specification, the smartphone comes with a quad-core MediaTek MTK6737 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, and 16GB internal memory. The smartphone support expandable storage up to 128GB. The ARCHOS 50 Saphir is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, boosted with features such as Google Now on Tap, case-by-case app permissions, and Doze to monitor battery usage. The display of the Archos 50 Saphir is a 5” IPS screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixel. The screen is also protected by the Corning Gorilla glass 4 to resist scratches and impact. Despite supporting only a HD resolution, the 5

inch display looks good and provides enough brightness for outdoor usage.

Also intended for professionals, the ARCHOS 50 Saphir embarks a very high capacity battery to guarantee maximum autonomy. The smartphone comes with a huge 5000 mAh battery that should provide a usage time of over 2 days without having to charge it. Besides that, it can standby in 2G mode for up to 740 hours and 3G mode for up to 550 hours. The capacity of the battery in this smartphone is uncommon as most smartphones only come with 2000-4000 mAh battery. As for the camera, the ARCHOS 50 Saphir is equipped with two cameras: a 13-megapixel back camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The 13-megapixel rear camera is further featured with LED flash to capture images under low light environment while the 5-megapixel front shooter allows for selfies and video calls. The Archos 50 Saphir support dual SIM that accepts Nano SIM. Wireless connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM. It also includes sensors such as Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Ambient light sensor. As for input and output ports, it features audio out 3.5mm jack, Micro USB v2.0 port and USB OTG port. With its extreme ruggedness and attractive price, the Archos 5- Saphir will be good for people who are actively involved in outdoor activities, athletes or even people who work in a more vigorous environment.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

ARM Mali-T720 MP2: Integrated graphics card in ARM based SoCs. Can be configured with up to 8 cores (T720 MP8) and 650 MHz core clock (at 28nm). Supports OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenCL 1.1, DirectX 11 FL9_3, and Renderscript.

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

MT6737T: ARM-based quad-core SoC (4x Cortex-A53) clocked at up to 1.5 GHz.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This display is tiny. You will probably see very little on the screen and be able to use mini-resolutions.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

Archos: The French manufacturer Archos S.A. was founded in 1988. While they initially produced products such as MP3 players, they have started producing laptops, smartphones, and tablets in 2009.


The world market shares are small, but there are many reviews on Archos smartphones and tablets. While the ratings were below average in the early years, they have become better by 2016.

75.8%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum, 2017-01-10 (Update: 2017-01-10)