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Archos Unveils 50 Helium 4G and 45 Helium 4G Ahead of CES 2014

by Brandon Russell | January 2, 2014January 2, 2014 10:00 pm PST

Archos 50 Helium

Ahead of next week’s CES trade show, Archos unveiled two new Android handsets for those looking for alternatives to Samsung’s growing Galaxy machine. Android fans currently have no shortage of options, but it’s never bad to have even more choices. Archos isn’t exactly the go-to company here in the U.S., though it’ll be looking to build a reputation with its new Android duo—one is a flagship, and the other is of the more affordable variety.

Up first is Archos’s new flagship, the 50 Helium 4G, which will come with support for LTE. Going down the line, the device sports Android 4.3 (upgradeable to Android 4.4 KitKat), a 1.4GHz Cortex A7 quad-core process, 5-inch IPS 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (microSD expandable), an 8-megapixel camera and a 2,000mAh battery. The kicker? The device will only be $249 off-contract, which will bring some heat to the growing market of low-cost flagship devices (Nexus 5 and Moto X being the two that come to mind).

Archos’s cheaper handset, the Archos 45 Helium 4G, sports similar specs with a few key differences. While the processor and RAM are similar, the 45 Helium has a smaller (and lower resolution) display, just 4GB of storage, and a smaller 1,700mAh battery.  Additionally, the 45 Helium has a 5-megapixel shooter instead of the 8-megapixel equipped by the 50 Helium. But those trade-offs just mean the price is also lower, at $199.

While they won’t win any awards for handset of the year, both come with respectable specs and even better prices, which I’d like to remind you are being offered off-contract. The devices will make their public debuts at CES next week, so we’ll be sure to stop by the Archos booth to get a first-hand look.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.