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Archos shows off the Titanium line of smartphones

The new budget phones are available in a range of sizes with prices starting as low as US$137 off contract.

Archos may not be known for making the highest quality or fastest electronics, but there's no doubt the French company knows a thing or two about making an inexpensive gadget. After the recently released line of Platinum tablets, we now have the Titanium line of smartphones which includes the 40, 45, 50, and 53.

There isn't much to differentiate the four new handsets from each other beyond the size of their screens. All of them feature a dual-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6572 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, Android 4.2.2, a 5 MP back-facing camera, wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, a microSD slot, 3G, and support for dual SIMs.

The 40 Titanium is, as you might expect, a 4-inch device with a resolution of 800 x 480. It also has a 1500 mAh battery.

The 45 Titanium is a 4.5-inch phone with a similar low resolution 854 x 480 display and a 1680 mAh battery.

The 50 Titanium has a 5-inch 960 x 540 display and a 2100 mAh battery.

And finally, the 53 Titanium has a 5.3-inch 854 x 480 display and a 2500 mAh battery.

While these specs won't get anyone excited, all of these models should be perfectly adequate for someone who only uses a smartphone for very basic apps, texting, and email, or for someone who needs an inexpensive backup. Prices start at 99.99 euros for the 40 (US$137), and range up to 159.99 euros for the 53 (US$219).

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Craig Munro, 2013-10-19 (Update: 2013-10-19)