Rendering of the Archos 50c Oxygen

Archos may have brought the world the first Android tablets, but their latest smartphone takes a more budget-friendly line by going big and cheap. The Archos 50c Oxygen has a 5-inch 1280x720 IPS display (293ppi) slapped onto the front of a matte black body that measures just 7.64mm thick. What's inside isn't terribly impressive, but that's what you get at £179 (US$300) unlocked and off contract.

What will you find inside? An octo-core Mediatek MT6592 Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. The phone sports a micro SD card slot (good for up to 64GB) along with dual SIM support — the Micro SIM slot offers up to EDGE, while the larger Mini SIM slot goes up into the HSPA+ range. Around back you'll find an 8MP BSI camera. The battery clocks in at 2000mAh.

The Archos 50c, disappointingly, ships with Android 4.2 onboard. Yeah, it's a brand new Jelly Bean phone when we're well into the era of KitKat. At least it comes with Google Play services.

Along with the 50c, Archos also has the 50b Oxygen en route. The design here is slightly changed and it clocks in a a millimeter thicker and has a lesser quad-core 1.3GHz Mediatek chip inside, and the camera's been downgraded to a 5MP model (but it picks up a 2MP front-facing unit). But more or less, the 50b is the same phone as the 50c — just thicker and cheaper at £129 (US$220).

Source: Archos (50c Oxygen, 50b Oxygen)