Archos unveils three affordable Core smartphones with 18:9 displays
The French company Archos, mostly known for its MP3 players and inexpensive Android tablets in the past, has announced three low-end Android smartphones with a wide screen ratio of 18:9.
The Archos Core 55S is the cheapest smartphone out of the three and will carry a price tag of 99.99 Euros (US$122). The phone features a 5.5" display with a low resolution of 960 by 480 pixels, an unnamed 1.3 GHz quad-core SoC, 1 gigabyte RAM and 16 GB of storage. Battery capacity is 2300 mAh and storage is expandable with a MicroSD card. The camera at the back has an 8-megapixel sensor while the front camera uses a 2-megapixel snapper.
Slightly more expensive at 119.99 Euros (US$147) is the Core 57S. As the name suggests, the display of this smartphone is slightly larger at 5.7 inches and the resolution has also been increased to 1440 x 720 pixels. The Core 57S also features a larger battery with a capacity of 2500 mAh. In terms of hardware, the 57S is otherwise identical to the 55S.
The largest and most expensive model at 149.99 Euros (US$185) is the Core 60S with a 6" display. The 60S also uses a 1440 x 720 resolution and uses the same SoC as the other two devices. The internal memory has been expanded to 2 GB and the battery measures at 3000 mAh. The 60S features a two-camera setup at the back of the device, one 13-megapixel sensor and a secondary 2-megapixel camera as well. Archos hasn't revealed any additional details about the dual camera functionality of the Core 60S.
The company plans to showcase their new smartphones at the Mobile World Congress and will release the Core series this spring. It's still unknown if the phones will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
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