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Archos 50e Neon Smartphone Review

Marcus Herbrich, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 08/19/2016

Price cutter. At a mere 80 Euros (~$85), the 50e Neon is a cheap Archos smartphone. In the following review, we will check what the low budget device is capable of.

For the original German review, see here.

The French manufacturer is adding a new model to their entry-level smartphone section: the 50e Neon. The cheap 3G smartphone has a MediaTek quad-core SoC, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB ROM. The internal memory can be expanded using the microSD-card slot (up to 64 GB). The 5-inch TFT panel has a native resolution of 854x480 pixels and a pixel density of 196 ppi.

The device is available for 79 Euros (~$84, recommended retail price) and comes with two synthetic rear covers in night black and lemon yellow. The competition of the Archos 50e Neon includes devices such as: LG K4, Wiko Lenny 3, Samsung Galaxy J1 and Coolpad Porto S

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Archos 50e Neon (50 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 854 x 480 pixel 196 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, LCD, TFT, glossy: yes
Storage
8 GB eMMC Flash, 8 GB 
, 4.56 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: mircoSD (up to 64 GB), Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, 2G: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 MHz, 3G: 900 / 2100 MHz, Dual SIM, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.4 x 145 x 72 ( = 0.37 x 5.71 x 2.83 in)
Battery
8.36 Wh, 2200 mAh Lithium-Ion, removeable, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 11.5 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 192 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix
Secondary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: On-Screen, Keyboard Light: yes, modular power adapter, USB cable, 2. rear cover, Quick Start Guide, Archos UI, 12 Months Warranty, SAR value: 0.891 (head), fanless
Weight
152 g ( = 5.36 oz / 0.34 pounds), Power Supply: 39 g ( = 1.38 oz / 0.09 pounds)
Price
80 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Despite a thickness of 9.4 mm, the Archos smartphone is comfortable to hold. The rear cover feels nice and is resistant to pressure. The gaps between the materials are even and the workmanship of the controls on the rear covers is very good. The positioning and pressure points of the buttons are also quite good. 

The front of the Archos 50e Neon is entirely made of glass, which is set flush against the synthetic material case. The display-to-surface ratio is 66%, which means that despite the 5-inch panel size, the smartphone is quite big. The rear covers are removable and they cover the slots for SIM and SD cards. The 2,200 mAh battery can also be taken out.

The sturdiness of the Archos 50e Neon is very good, as the user will need to apply a lot of force to make the case bend.

Size Comparison

145 mm / 5.71 inch 73.1 mm / 2.88 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 177 g0.3902 lbs145 mm / 5.71 inch 72 mm / 2.83 inch 9.4 mm / 0.3701 inch 152 g0.3351 lbs143 mm / 5.63 inch 72 mm / 2.83 inch 7.6 mm / 0.2992 inch 125 g0.2756 lbs131.9 mm / 5.19 inch 66.6 mm / 2.62 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 120 g0.2646 lbs129 mm / 5.08 inch 68.2 mm / 2.69 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 122 g0.269 lbs

Connectivity

The internal eMMC memory of the smartphone has a capacity of 8 GB, which limits the number of apps and files the user can have on the device. Out of the box, there is only 4.56 GB of the memory free for use. Thankfully, App2SD functionality allows data to be stored on the SD card. 

The 50e Neon also has Wi-Fi Direct and a UKW radio. The 2,220 mAh battery is charged via the Micro-USB slot on the bottom of the case. Sadly, peripheral devices, such as USB sticks or keyboards cannot be connected to the phone using an OTG adapter (On-the-Go). 

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
maximum SDCardreader Maximum Transfer Rate
average SDCardreader Average Transfer Rate
1280x800 Lightsmark - 1280x800
1280x800 Lightsmark - 1280x800
1280x720 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x720
1280x768 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768
1366x768 3DMark 06 - Standard 1366x768
1600x900 Crysis CPU - 1600x900 High
1600x900 Crysis CPU - 1600x900 Med
1600x900 Crysis CPU - 1600x900 Low
1600x900 Crysis GPU - 1600x900 High
1600x900 Crysis GPU - 1600x900 Med
1600x900 Crysis GPU - 1600x900 Low

Software

The 50e Neon runs with the latest Google Android 6.0 "Marshmallow", which, at the time of writing, had the security update from June 2016. The user interface in the settings, the app design and the app drawer are all identical to stock Android, which means Archos has installed an almost vanilla version of Android on their device.

Communication and GPS

Short disturbances in the transfer rates, Iperf-Client
Short disturbances in the transfer rates, Iperf-Server

The smartphone offers Bluetooth 4.0 for transferring data between devices. The 3G smartphone can access mobile Internet at up to 42 MB/s with downloads and 11 MB/s with uploads. The device supports quad-band GSM and dual-band UMTS. The reception quality is good and was reliable in the city. Praiseworthy: the 50e Neon has two 3G-ready SIM-card slots (1x microSIM, 1x miniSIM) and an additional slot for microSD cards. This means that even when both SIM card slots are in use, you can still install a memory card.

The integrated WLAN module supports the IEEE 802.11 b/g/n standards. The signal strength is satisfactory and the loss of -41 dBm in the vicinity of the router (Telekom Speedport, W921V) is relatively low. Sadly, the WLAN reception of our device is unstable, as interruptions are quite frequent. The transfer speed of the Wi-Fi between the test model and the reference router, the Linksys EA 8500, matches the level of performance expected of an entry-level smartphone. The data rates are constant but show a little fluctuation.

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Lenovo ZUK Z2
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB eMMC Flash
311 MBit/s ∼100% +640%
Wiko Lenny 3
Mali-400 MP2, MT6580M, 16 GB eMMC Flash
44.8 MBit/s ∼14% +7%
Archos 50e Neon
Mali-400 MP2, MT6580M, 8 GB eMMC Flash
42 MBit/s ∼14%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Lenovo ZUK Z2
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB eMMC Flash
154 MBit/s ∼100% +235%
Wiko Lenny 3
Mali-400 MP2, MT6580M, 16 GB eMMC Flash
49.2 MBit/s ∼32% +7%
Archos 50e Neon
Mali-400 MP2, MT6580M, 8 GB eMMC Flash
46 MBit/s ∼30%
GPS test, indoors
GPS test, outdoors

For geolocation, the device uses the GPS satellite system. Outdoors, there are no issues and the device can provide an accuracy of up to 4 meters. Indoors, the signal strength is too weak to determine the position of the user. In comparison to the Garmin Edge 500 GPS, the smartphone exhibits merely a slight difference in the route calculation. The discrepancy is around 160 meters for a 12-kilometer test track, which is quite good for an entry-level smartphone. 

GPS test Archos 50e Neon
GPS test Archos 50e Neon
GPS test Archos 50e Neon
GPS test Garmin Edge 500
GPS test Garmin Edge 500
GPS test Garmin Edge 500

Telephone and Speech Quality

The device uses the standard telephone app of Android Marshmallow and offers the important features, such as contacts and favorites. 

The speech quality of the entry-level device was poor in our test. We called using Skype and the mobile network (Vodafone). It was noted that the speech quality was low and audio from the other person was not clearly understandable. The microphone quality should be better for Skype calls - people on the other end were complaining about the volume of the voice being too low.  

Telephone app
Dialing pad

Cameras

Front camera
Main camera

The quality of the photos using the 8 MP camera of the Archos 50e Neon is decent for this price class. Despite good lighting conditions, the 50e Neon takes dark photos, as the dynamic range of the optics is too limited (scene 1: surroundings). The picture sharpness drops around the edges and lighting of the images is suboptimal (scene 2: forest). The recordings of the 50e Neon are acceptable in good lighting, which is to be expected for an entry-level device. In poor lighting, the photos will become dismal: blurry and barely recognizable content (scene 3: street at night). 

The front of the device has a 2 MP camera. The quality of this module is sufficient for selfies and Skype calls. Videos can be recorded at 720p with 30 fps.     

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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Accessories and Warranty

The delivery of the device includes a modular power adapter, a micro-USB cable and a manual. Two rear covers and in-ear headphones are also included.

The warranty for this smartphone runs for 24 months.

Input Devices and Interface

The 50e Neon can be controlled using the typical Android on-screen keys. The capacitive touchscreen responds well to input, but it sometimes fails to recognize the first touch. The panel of the 50e Neon reminded us of the earlier prototypes of resistive touchscreens, which only responded to pressure.   

The stock Android keyboard is available for text input. 

On-screen keyboard, portrait
On-screen keyboard, portrait
On-screen keyboard, landscape

Display

Sub-pixels grouping

The TFT panel has a resolution of 854x480 pixels. The diagonal of the display measures 13 cm (5-inches) and it has a pixel density of 196 ppi. In terms of display clarity, the test model is well behind the competition, which offer around 294 ppi (Coolpad Porto S or Wiko Lenny 3). Subjectively, the display sharpness of the device is relatively poor.

The LED backlight of our test model provides a max brightness of 443 cd/m², which is good for the entry-level segment. The illumination is very balanced at 94%. With evenly distributed bright and dark regions, the realistic APL50 test (Average Picture Level) measures a max brightness of 442 cd/m² in the center.

423
cd/m²
442
cd/m²
420
cd/m²
429
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
417
cd/m²
433
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
421
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LCD
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 443 cd/m² Average: 430.1 cd/m² Minimum: 17.93 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 443 cd/m²
Contrast: 1166:1 (Black: 0.38 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 13.9 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 17.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.93
Archos 50e Neon
TFT, 854x480, 5
Coolpad Porto S
IPS, 1280x720, 5
LG K4
TN-TFT, 854x480, 4.5
Samsung Galaxy J1
TFT, 800x480, 4.3
Wiko Lenny 3
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Lenovo ZUK Z2
IPS, 1920x1080, 5
Screen
7%
-2%
-4%
10%
21%
Brightness middle
443
407
-8%
337
-24%
370
-16%
374
-16%
512
16%
Brightness
430
403
-6%
342
-20%
364
-15%
343
-20%
502
17%
Brightness Distribution
94
92
-2%
92
-2%
95
1%
85
-10%
84
-11%
Black Level *
0.38
0.5
-32%
0.44
-16%
0.63
-66%
0.47
-24%
0.58
-53%
Contrast
1166
814
-30%
766
-34%
587
-50%
796
-32%
883
-24%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
13.9
7.9
43%
11.4
18%
5.99
57%
6
57%
3.8
73%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
29.5
18.2
38%
22
25%
11.9
60%
11.2
62%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
17.3
8.9
49%
11
36%
7.28
58%
6.7
61%
2.7
84%
Gamma
2.93 75%
2.46 89%
2.19 100%
2.59 85%
2.19 100%
2.09 105%
CCT
22878 28%
8332 78%
9372 69%
7949 82%
8073 81%
6076 107%

* ... smaller is better

The combination of high brightness and low contrast (0.38 cd/m², APL-50 value: 0.39 cd/m²) results in a good contrast ratio of 1:1166. Analysis using a photo spectrometer and the CalMAN software shows poor results: the color deviations (13.9) and gray levels (17.3) are far too high, as the ideal value is lower than 3. Furthermore, the display shows a clear blue tinge.

CalMAN Color space (Color spectrum sRGB)
CalMAN Color accuracy (Color spectrum sRGB)
CalMAN Saturation (Color spectrum sRGB)
CalMAN Gray Levels (Color spectrum sRGB)

The LCD of the 50e Neon has unstable viewing angles and suffers from frequent color inversions, even with "normal" viewing angles. Outdoors, the display performs very well thanks to the high brightness, but reflections and direct sunlight will still be problems for the screen.

Outdoors, sunny
Outdoors, sunny
Outdoors, shaded
Viewing angle
Viewing angle
 

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
16 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11 ms rise
↘ 5 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 17 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
79 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 41 ms rise
↘ 38 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 99 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9266 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance

The test model is run by a MediaTek MT6580M, which is a SoC (System-on-a-Chip) with a 28 nm finish. It offers four Cortex A7 cores, which provide sufficient performance for everyday use. Stutters should be expected with a device from the entry-level segment. Closing and opening applications also takes a lot of time. The latter can be blamed on the weak CPU and slow eMMC memory. We measured the read and write rates of the device using AndroBench 3 and the results were quite poor. In the synthetic benchmarks, the 50e Neon places near the middle of the pack, but in the browser tests it is able to stand its ground evenly against the competition.

The MicroSD slot does not exploit the full speeds of our reference SD card, the Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 (max. read rate of 95 MB/s and max. write rate of 80 MB/s). In comparison to the competition, the test model offers relatively slow speeds.

AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
18.87 MB/s ∼22%
LG K4
18.7 MB/s ∼21% -1%
Wiko Lenny 3
19.59 MB/s ∼22% +4%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
35.27 MB/s ∼37%
LG K4
28.52 MB/s ∼30% -19%
Wiko Lenny 3
40.59 MB/s ∼42% +15%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
5.18 MB/s ∼2%
Coolpad Porto S
13.95 MB/s ∼6% +169%
LG K4
4.97 MB/s ∼2% -4%
Samsung Galaxy J1
1.5 MB/s ∼1% -71%
Wiko Lenny 3
6.2 MB/s ∼2% +20%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
5.64 MB/s ∼2% +9%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
15.29 MB/s ∼8%
Coolpad Porto S
22.52 MB/s ∼11% +47%
LG K4
16.05 MB/s ∼8% +5%
Samsung Galaxy J1
13.76 MB/s ∼7% -10%
Wiko Lenny 3
15.1 MB/s ∼8% -1%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
21.27 MB/s ∼11% +39%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
8.33 MB/s ∼1%
Coolpad Porto S
39.99 MB/s ∼7% +380%
LG K4
8.07 MB/s ∼1% -3%
Samsung Galaxy J1
11.3 MB/s ∼2% +36%
Wiko Lenny 3
11.6 MB/s ∼2% +39%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
46.52 MB/s ∼8% +458%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
130.29 MB/s ∼9%
Coolpad Porto S
168.23 MB/s ∼11% +29%
LG K4
120.84 MB/s ∼8% -7%
Samsung Galaxy J1
59.72 MB/s ∼4% -54%
Wiko Lenny 3
132.5 MB/s ∼9% +2%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
239.42 MB/s ∼16% +84%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
24509 Points ∼8%
Coolpad Porto S
25415 Points ∼9% +4%
LG K4
22998 Points ∼8% -6%
Wiko Lenny 3
25237 Points ∼9% +3%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
122513 Points ∼42% +400%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
1135 Points ∼1%
Coolpad Porto S
1343 Points ∼2% +18%
LG K4
1338 Points ∼2% +18%
Samsung Galaxy J1
567 Points ∼1% -50%
Wiko Lenny 3
1184 Points ∼1% +4%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
354 Points ∼7%
Coolpad Porto S
470 Points ∼10% +33%
LG K4
472 Points ∼10% +33%
Samsung Galaxy J1
312 Points ∼6% -12%
Wiko Lenny 3
356 Points ∼7% +1%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo ZUK Z2
5410 Points ∼14%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo ZUK Z2
2277 Points ∼46%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
Points ∼0%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
1706 Points ∼38%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
Points ∼0%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
4506 Points ∼40%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
Points ∼0%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
3302 Points ∼40%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
7848 Points ∼9%
Coolpad Porto S
7413 Points ∼9% -6%
LG K4
7018 Points ∼8% -11%
Wiko Lenny 3
7849 Points ∼9% 0%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
20910 Points ∼24% +166%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
2485 Points ∼0%
Coolpad Porto S
2590 Points ∼0% +4%
LG K4
2171 Points ∼0% -13%
Wiko Lenny 3
2476 Points ∼0% 0%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
32997 Points ∼6% +1228%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
2930 Points ∼1%
Coolpad Porto S
3028 Points ∼1% +3%
LG K4
2565 Points ∼1% -12%
Wiko Lenny 3
2920 Points ∼1% 0%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
29241 Points ∼12% +898%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
11 fps ∼0%
Coolpad Porto S
8.6 fps ∼0% -22%
LG K4
4.1 fps ∼0% -63%
Wiko Lenny 3
4.4 fps ∼0% -60%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
91 fps ∼1% +727%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
4.4 fps ∼0%
Coolpad Porto S
4.8 fps ∼0% +9%
LG K4
11 fps ∼0% +150%
Wiko Lenny 3
8 fps ∼0% +82%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
60 fps ∼2% +1264%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
2796 Points ∼14%
Coolpad Porto S
2893 Points ∼15% +3%
LG K4
2644 Points ∼13% -5%
Samsung Galaxy J1
1998 Points ∼10% -29%
Wiko Lenny 3
2832 Points ∼14% +1%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
6969 Points ∼36% +149%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
525 Points ∼6%
Coolpad Porto S
599 Points ∼6% +14%
LG K4
536 Points ∼6% +2%
Samsung Galaxy J1
541 Points ∼6% +3%
Wiko Lenny 3
632 Points ∼7% +20%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
1071 Points ∼11% +104%
Graphics (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
138 Points ∼0%
Coolpad Porto S
173 Points ∼1% +25%
LG K4
141 Points ∼0% +2%
Samsung Galaxy J1
65 Points ∼0% -53%
Wiko Lenny 3
138 Points ∼0% 0%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
4335 Points ∼15% +3041%
Memory (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
317 Points ∼4%
Coolpad Porto S
467 Points ∼6% +47%
LG K4
139 Points ∼2% -56%
Samsung Galaxy J1
185 Points ∼2% -42%
Wiko Lenny 3
293 Points ∼4% -8%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
1983 Points ∼26% +526%
System (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
990 Points ∼6%
Coolpad Porto S
905 Points ∼5% -9%
LG K4
816 Points ∼5% -18%
Samsung Galaxy J1
551 Points ∼3% -44%
Wiko Lenny 3
988 Points ∼6% 0%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
2986 Points ∼18% +202%
Overall (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
389 Points ∼5%
Coolpad Porto S
458 Points ∼5% +18%
LG K4
304 Points ∼4% -22%
Samsung Galaxy J1
245 Points ∼3% -37%
Wiko Lenny 3
399 Points ∼5% +3%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
2290 Points ∼27% +489%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
14.118 Points ∼4%
Coolpad Porto S
14.168 Points ∼4% 0%
LG K4
13 Points ∼4% -8%
Wiko Lenny 3
14.068 Points ∼4% 0%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
51.655 Points ∼15% +266%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
2103 Points ∼4%
Coolpad Porto S
2088 Points ∼4% -1%
LG K4
2049 Points ∼4% -3%
Wiko Lenny 3
2133 Points ∼4% +1%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
8436 Points ∼16% +301%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Archos 50e Neon
15157.3 ms * ∼25%
Coolpad Porto S
32901.1 ms * ∼55% -117%
LG K4
18213.5 ms * ∼31% -20%
Samsung Galaxy J1
19283.7 ms * ∼32% -27%
Wiko Lenny 3
14862.9 ms * ∼25% +2%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
3290.2 ms * ∼6% +78%

Legend

 
Archos 50e Neon Mediatek MT6580M, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Coolpad Porto S Mediatek MT6735, ARM Mali-T720, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG K4 Mediatek MT6735, ARM Mali-T720, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy J1 Spreadtrum SC8830, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 4 GB Flash
 
Wiko Lenny 3 Mediatek MT6580M, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo ZUK Z2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 64 GB eMMC Flash

* ... smaller is better

Games

The graphics engine integrated in the SoC is an ARM Mali-400, which has two clusters, each clocked at up to 416 MHz. Demanding games, such as, N.O.V.A. 3 or Need for Speed No Limits, can be run, but the long load times and small stutters will prevent fluid gameplay. We found the TFT panel quite distracting in the test, as it has poor viewing angles and the touchscreen is not precise, which ruins the fun of playing racing games.  

Need for Speed No Limits
N.O.V.A. 3

Emissions

Temperature

Even at high load, the 50e Neon stays inside a range of comfortable temperatures. In everyday use, the device barely heats up. We tested the device at full load (CPU and GPU) using the app "Stability Test" for around 1 hour and the temperatures reached a max of 43.1 °C on top of the device.

Surface temperatures (front)
Surface temperatures (rear)
Max. Load
 43.1 °C
110 F
43.1 °C
110 F
42.6 °C
109 F
 
 41.4 °C
107 F
42.1 °C
108 F
42 °C
108 F
 
 39.8 °C
104 F
40.2 °C
104 F
40.5 °C
105 F
 
Maximum: 43.1 °C = 110 F
Average: 41.6 °C = 107 F
39.4 °C
103 F
39.9 °C
104 F
40.4 °C
105 F
39.7 °C
103 F
40.1 °C
104 F
38.6 °C
101 F
38.7 °C
102 F
39.5 °C
103 F
39.6 °C
103 F
Maximum: 40.4 °C = 105 F
Average: 39.5 °C = 103 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.5 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 41.6 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43.1 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 40.4 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 37.3 °C / 99 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

Speaker test: Pink-Noise diagram

The volume of the rear mono speaker is sufficient for everyday use. We measured a max of 86 dB(A) in our test. The audio quality of the speakers is decent for a device of this price class. Middle and high notes from 800 Hz to 9 KHz are played evenly and bass is non-existent.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.432.437.42532.831.332.83128.331.728.34043.52643.55041.939.441.96331.736.231.78027.728.627.710027.625.427.612523.221.323.216025.823.325.820024.322.524.325026.122.426.13153521.3354004518.44550056.417.556.463063.117.563.180071.917.271.9100074.616.874.6125076.117.376.1160074.517.474.520007616.676250074.217.374.2315070.817.670.8400072.417.672.4500072.617.772.6630074.717.474.7800075.317.775.31000073.817.973.81250065.818.165.81600050.418.150.4SPL85.529.885.5N60.71.360.7median 70.8median 17.7median 70.8Delta16.51.616.535.945.932.435.935.635.831.335.629.329.131.729.328.926.52628.939.938.939.439.929.73536.229.728.126.928.628.123.82725.423.825.926.621.325.928.72423.328.731.923.522.531.940.821.522.440.849.428.921.349.454.13418.454.161.443.217.561.469.149.717.569.173.85417.273.876.958.516.876.974.157.417.374.171.352.317.471.370.95116.670.970.550.317.370.574.955.317.674.973.253.317.673.271.952.317.771.974.154.117.474.174.654.517.774.671.251.817.971.262.443.118.162.452.933.418.152.984.965.829.884.961.318.91.361.3median 70.5median 50.3median 17.7median 70.513.2111.613.239.236.432.439.232.531.431.332.526.526.431.726.530.931.72630.934.937.139.434.933.528.836.233.533.926.528.633.925.530.625.425.529.624.421.329.633.422.823.333.436.125.422.536.143.227.922.443.248.732.421.348.753.738.518.453.760.443.317.560.465.248.217.565.273.255.717.273.275.859.516.875.87558.617.37573.557.217.473.57659.616.67675.158.117.375.173.757.417.673.77558.717.6757457.517.774745717.47475.45917.775.472.656.117.972.665.549.818.165.557.64118.157.68669.529.88664.223.51.364.2median 72.6median 55.7median 17.7median 72.61311.11.613hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseArchos 50e NeonCoolpad Porto SWiko Lenny 3
Archos 50e Neon audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.51 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 43.8% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 8.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (30.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 84% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 9% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 89% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 7% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Coolpad Porto S audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.92 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 37.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 55% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 73% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 21% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Wiko Lenny 3 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 36.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 45% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 66% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes above can be selected)
Value 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Value 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The test model is quite interesting in terms of power consumption. While idle, it performs very well and offers consumption levels matching or below those of the competition. However, at load, the consumption rises very fast: at an average of 5.22 W, the test model requires twice as much power as other entry-level devices. All-in-all, the device does well while idle but poorly at load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.14 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.56 / 1.58 / 1.8 Watt
Load midlight 5.22 / 5.34 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Gossen Metrahit Energy
Archos 50e Neon
2200 mAh
Coolpad Porto S
2000 mAh
LG K4
1940 mAh
Samsung Galaxy J1
 mAh
Wiko Lenny 3
2000 mAh
Power Consumption
-22%
-6%
12%
-19%
Idle Minimum *
0.56
1.16
-107%
1.15
-105%
0.8
-43%
0.76
-36%
Idle Average *
1.58
2.21
-40%
1.76
-11%
1.5
5%
2.16
-37%
Idle Maximum *
1.8
2.24
-24%
1.82
-1%
1.7
6%
2.35
-31%
Load Average *
5.22
3.34
36%
2.71
48%
2.2
58%
4.65
11%
Load Maximum *
5.34
3.95
26%
3.15
41%
3.4
36%
5.35
-0%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

According to the manufacturer, the 50e Neon can provide up to 192 hours in standby mode with 3G frequencies. In the test, the Archos smartphone did provide good runtimes (brightness set to 150 cd/m²). With a runtime of 8 hours and 18 minutes, the device can match its competition.

The included 5-W power adapter (1 A, 5 V) requires 3 hours to fully charge the 50e Neon (turned off). At full load, the adapter can barely manage to charge the device. 

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 18min
Archos 50e Neon
2200 mAh
Coolpad Porto S
2000 mAh
LG K4
1940 mAh
Samsung Galaxy J1
 mAh
Wiko Lenny 3
2000 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
498
504
1%
452
-9%
648
30%
549
10%

Pros

+ good workmanship
+ removable battery
+ dual SIM and SD-card slot
+ bright panel

Cons

- TFT panel (viewing angles, colors)
- resolution
- blue tinge
- performance
- touchscreen sensitivity

Verdict

In review: Archos 50e Neon. Test model provided by Archos Germany.

The Archos 50e Neon is by no means a bad phone: the workmanship, the removable battery and dual-SIM functionality are all great. The brightness, battery life and decent quality of the cameras are also acceptable for this price tag.

However, we cannot recommend the 50e Neon, due to the poor quality of the panel, which is low quality even in comparison to other entry-level devices. In everyday use, the viewing angles of the TFT panels are very unstable and the user will frequently be disturbed by the drop in brightness or color inversions when looking at the screen normally. Furthermore, the color and gray level deviations are far too high and the pixel density is too meager.

The TFT panel in the 50e Neon is outdated – the low price cannot cover for it. In our opinion, it would have been acceptable to price the device a little higher and pair it with an IPS HD panel.

For a little more money, users can buy the Coolpad Porto S, which offers a lot more. If you do not mind importing a device, then the UHANS S1 (c. 120 Euros, ~$127) is a great alternative to the test model.

Archos 50e Neon - 08/15/2016 v5.1(old)
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
61 / 75 → 82%
Pointing Device
73%
Connectivity
35 / 60 → 58%
Weight
92%
Battery
91%
Display
74%
Games Performance
9 / 63 → 15%
Application Performance
22 / 70 → 31%
Temperature
84%
Noise
100%
Audio
53 / 91 → 58%
Camera
54%
Average
64%
76%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Marcus Herbrich, 2016-08-19 (Update: 2018-05-15)