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MWC19 | Archos Oxygen 57, Oxygen 63, and Oxygen 68XL now official, to hit the market in May

Archos Oxygen 57, Oxygen 63, and Oxygen 68XL (Source: Archos)
Archos Oxygen 57, Oxygen 63, and Oxygen 68XL (Source: Archos)
The new Archos handsets start at 5.7 and go up to 6.3 and 6.8 inches in size, but all will hit the market for less than 170 USD. The Unisoc SC9863-powered Oxygen 57 and Oxygen 63, as well as the Helio P22-driven Oxygen 68XL will launch with Android Pie onboard in May. Before that happens, these handsets will be unveiled at MWC.

French brand Archos will bring three brand-new Oxygen handsets to this month's MWC trade show in Barcelona, but the company has just revealed all there is to know about them — including their prices and launch dates. Powered by non-Qualcomm processors, these handsets come with generous screen sizes and will be available for purchase in Europe at prices starting at the equivalent of around US$112.

Without further ado, these are the names and the highlights of the latest three handsets announced by Archos:

  • Oxygen 57: Unisoc SC9863 with IMG8322 graphics, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, 5.71-inch 1,520 x 720 pixels IPS display, 5 MP front camera, 8 + 0.3 MP back camera, 2,800 mAh removable battery 
  • Oxygen 63: Unisoc SC9863 with IMG8322 graphics, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, 6.26-inch 1,520 x 720 pixels IPS display, 5 MP front camera, 8 + 0.3 MP back camera, 3,000 mAh removable battery 
  • Oxygen 68XL: MediaTek Helio P22 with PowerVR GE8320 graphics, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, 6.85-inch 1,352 x 640 pixels IPS display, 5 MP front camera, 8 + 0.3 MP back camera, 5,000 mAh battery

The Oxygen 68XL is the only one of the three to feature USB Type-C charging, but it lacks NFC connectivity. The official press release claims that the main camera setup combines an 8 MP sensor and a VGA one, but this looks like a mistake (VGA instead of 2 MP). All in all, it seems that having Android Pie onboard and a low price are the strongest selling points of the three Archos Oxygen handsets mentioned above (the "high-end" 68XL has a sub-US$170 price tag).

Would you get a smartphone without NFC connectivity and sub-300 ppi display in 2019? Feel free to tell us what you think about the Oxygen 57, 63, and 68XL in the comments section below.

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-02-20 (Update: 2019-02-20)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.