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Archos Unveils Low-Cost, Unlocked Android Titanium Smartphones

by Shane McGlaun

A few days ago Archos showed off its new Android-powered GamePad 2 portable gaming tablet. The company is back to announce an entire new series of reasonably priced Android-powered smartphones called the Titanium line.

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The main difference between the four smartphones in the new Titanium line (PDF) is screen size and resolution. The line includes the 40 Titanium, 45 Titanium, 50 Titanium, and 53 Titanium. The 40 Titanium has a four-inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480. The 45 Titanium has a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 854 x 480. The 50 Titanium features a five-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 960 x 540. The last of the phones is the 53 Titanium featuring a 5.3-inch 854 x 480 resolution screen.

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The other features are the same including Android 4.2.2 for the operating system and MT 6572 dual-core 1.3 GHz processors. All the phones have 4 GB of integrated storage and 512 MB RAM. They’ll also feature a five-megapixel rear camera and integrated A-GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Another the difference between the phones is battery size. The Titanium 40 has a 1500 mAh battery, the 45 Titanium has 1680 mAh unit, the 50 Titanium has a 2100 mAh battery, and the 53 Titanium features a 2500 mAh battery. The phones run on 3G networks with HSPA+ support, which has a theoretical top download speed of 21Mbps.

Pricing ranges from €99.99 to €159.99 (~$137 to $219 USD) with no phone contract required. A launch date for the US is unknown at this time.

While these certainly aren’t top-of-the-line phones, they’re pretty well-appointed for the price, given the fact that the phones come fully unlocked.

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