Archos 53 Platnium

Manufacturer Archos has just announced a trio of new Android smartphones -- each with stock Android and including the full suite of Google Play services.

The three phones run the gamut in size, as well. The Archos 35 Carbon is the budget phone of the group, starting things out with a 3.5-inch IPS display and a 320x480 resolution, powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm 7225a processor and 1GB of RAM. It's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Archos 50 Platinum bumps things up to a 5-inch display and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, powered by a Qualcomm 8225Q quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM.

And the Archos 53 Platinum takes the 50 Platinum and bumps things up to a 5.3-inch IPS display.

All three phones are 3G only -- no LTE here -- and are expected to be available in Europe by June.

 

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Archos announces new line of stock Android (and Google-certified) smartphones

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Not a bad looking phone there, assuming the price/specs are right. Can't be too upset with a vanilla build of Android, but a menu button?

It just seems counter to the Holo design language that Google is aiming for. A multi-tasking button like the Nexus devices would have been more consistent.

It's legacy. Android doesn't use the menu button since Honeycomb I think. It's included just for older apps.

stock devices should have on-screen buttons, on screen buttons handle these older apps better than capacitive buttons.

i really don't get why other than motorola , ODM's have continued with capacitive buttons

Lol, wut?

A button is a button. Doesn't matter where it is or how it looks, it does what it is programed to do

The physical menu button was removed from official Android design guidelines because it hides functionality from the user. The presence of a software menu button actually tells the user that there are extra options there. The advantage of a on-screen navigation layout is that if we're dealing with a new app, the overflow button can appear in the action bar. If it's an old app that hasn't been updated to the new guidelines, the menu button will appear onscreen in the navigation bar, which clues the user in that there is functionality hidden there. A physical menu button is omnipresent; there's no way for a user tell if it actually has functionality for a given app.

The menu button is there for legacy support, unless you want that black menu bar at the bottom taking up a portion of your screen.

I think these will be great phones for those who are looking for a decent mid range device. I would love to be able to try one out myself.

Well, midrange speaking relative to the current range of top tier devices.

Not bad. Too bad they don't have US 3G frequencies. Would be a good fit for the new T-Mobile and StraightTalk.

Use stock Android.
Don't have a pesky skin to update with each Android version release.
Ship with an old version of Android.

wat

Nice devices for Archos to get their feet wet with... But like LG before them, they must prove their worth if they want to play with the Big Dogs (HTC, Samsung, Motorola).

Why make two phones near same size? (5 and 5.3"), and forget the middle size phone.
Think they should had make a 5.3", 4.3" and 3.5".

Anyone know if the wallpaper shown in the pic is a Live Wallpaper and if so, what's it called?

Thanks!

5" and QHD (960 x540) is kinda ouch. But if it's only $219 it might be a good backup phone/girlfriend phone.

I just saw something in the tech specs page.

Both the 5" and the 5.3" devices are said to have a 960 x 540 pixels display(qHD)and the same 220 DPI.

What does this mean? The the pixel-per-inch would be lower for the bigger device but they will both have the same dots-per-inch? Like everything would be slightly zoomed?

The 5" is 220. The 5.3 is 207. To say two panels of the same resolution but different size share a DPI means some fundamental breakdown of logic has occurred, the spec sheet is obviously wrong.

MSM7225A
1GHz Scorpion CPU + Adreno 200 (Snapdragon S1)

8225Q
Up to 1.4 GHz Quad Cortex A5 CPU + Adreno 203 (Snapdragon 200)

From Qualcomm web site "Adreno 203 GPU delivers over 100% increase in graphics processing performance (Compared to its predecessor, Adreno 200)"

The big phone would be perfect for some older people. My mother in law texts, calls, streams radio, and does some Facebook on 90% Wi-Fi. Basically she only needs middle of the run hardware except screen size. A 5 inch middle range phone for $250 is perfect to pair with AT&T medianet or T-mobile prepay.

Edit: And no AT&T 3g Bands:-(

Wow, 3.5 inches, 5 inches and 5.3 inches. What is OEM's aversion to screens in the 4 inch range?

I hope they don't bring their crappy tablet experience to phones. After owning one of Archos tablets i promised myself never to buy anything ever from them. So good luck.