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ARCHOS unleases 45 Helium 4G and 50 Helium 4G pretty cheap unlocked

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CES-related news continues to come! This time, it's ARCHOS making the announcement. The big part of the story here is how cheap the phones are: $200 and $250 respectively.

These phones come unlocked and both phones announced today support LTE on the 800, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz bands.

Both also have quad-core Qualcomm MSM8926 processors and 1 GB of RAM.

Oh, and here's something else that will make many people happy: both phones have MicroSD slots to satiate your expandable storage needs. Both phones also run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Jump on past the break to learn about some of the differences between the phones.

The ARCHOS 5‚Äč0 Helium 4G

The ARCHOS 50 Helium 4G (try saying that five times fast) packs a 5.0-inch IPS screen (1280x720). In fact, you can memorize that by removing the decimal point from the screen size (the 50 has a 5.0-inch screen).

It packs 8 GB internal storage, an 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera and a 2,000 mAh Li-ion battery.

The ARCHOS 45 Helium 4G

This one has 4.5-inch IPS 854x480 screen. Again, you can remove the decimal point in the screen size to get the name of this model (the 45 has a 4.5-inch screen).

It packs half the internal storage of the 50 (4 GB), a 5 MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. Its battery is of the Li-ion 1700 mAh variety.


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ARCHOS introduces Helium smartphone line for CES


These are definitely not for me...but I do like all of this lower cost competition lately. Should provide some downward pressure on other manufacturer's pricing.

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So they look intriguing, spec wise I am not sure about the one gig of ram.

Here's hoping that Archos has its stuff together build quality wise and can make some headway.

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When are these midrange guys going to take advantage of the lower memory requirements of Kit-Kat? I hear the Moto G got a nice performance bump from the KK upgrade. Which begs the question. Why on earth would a new phone be announced without it at this point. Especially by a vendor that doesn't have some high-priced model it doesn't want to compete with? Seriously, how hard is it for a manufacturer (without heavy interface mods - these look to be stock, no?) to put out a phone with the latest Android version. It would seem that coming up with a working OTA upgrade would be a lot harder than just starting out with the latest stuff.

I agree. More than likely, these devices will probably never receive an OTA.

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Because the devices you see have been in development a while. Before Android 4.4. It's VERY expensive to delay a device in order to release it with a newer version of OS (it has to go through development, QA, etc.) It's better to get the device out, sell it, and then consider updating the OS later. Remember, you have to think like a bean counter and NOT a consumer.

And I hope nobody says, "oh, the guys on xda can kick out a ROM in a week.", 'cause we all know how buggy that crap is for the first couple months.

Well, perhaps. But Moto seems to be breaking the mold for getting a new release out quickly for their latest phones, at least. The official line is that they're not getting the latest source any sooner than anyone else, so there's *some* precedent for the 4.3->4.4 transition not being too hard. And these aren't really for sale yet. It's understandable to not be ready on day one, but then they should at least include an upgrade plan in their announcement.

Indeed Motorola is. And good for them. They are making swift upgrades a focus. Other manufacturers clearly don't. I think they see it as a percentage thing; most of their consumers have absolutely no idea what version Android they are running, so they don't make timely (or any) upgrades a focus.

I'm impressed. These have Qualcomm processors and not MediaTek. I understand that they're budget devices but the 45 really should have at least a qHD screen.

Oh, definitely. But the battery is one of the last things you should scrimp on, even when designing an ultra-budget phone. It doesn't matter how good a deal you got on your phone if the thing craps out by 15:00 every day.

ARCHOS 45 Helium 4G vs Motorola Moto G

45 Helium: $200
Moto G: $180

45 Helium: 4GB + microSD
Moto G: 8GB

45 Helium: 4.5" 854x480
Moto G: 4.5" 1280x720

45 Helium: up to LTE
Moto G: up to HSPA+

@Ry what about the Helium 50?

720p screen
2000 may battery
8GB storage / micro-SD
Quad-Core Snapdragon processor

It's $50 more than the 16GB Moto G, but the micro-SD slot allows for up 24GBs of extra storage (with a 32GB SD card).

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They're not bad deals (actually, really good), considering the hardware you're getting. But, unless you value the SD card slot, I don't see either of these offering up a better experience than the Moto G.

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Yeah, but it's still nice to see more OEMs jumping in the "affordable smartphone arena."

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"These phones come unlocked and both phones announced today support LTE on the 800, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz bands"

Why must we always go to the comments/forums to find out what networks these frequencies are for?

The 50 Helium 4G actually doesn't sound so bad :) Pretty good specs for $250. And yes, I know the Moto G is only like $50 less and I don't care. For $50 more, this phone is much more attractive.