Archos is preparing two new budget Android smartphones for CES 2014. Priced no more than $250, the Archos 45 Helium 4G and 50 Helium 4G are the company’s first devices to equip LTE connectivity.
The Archos 45 Helium 4G and 50 Helium 4G pack similar internal hardware: a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8926 processor based on Cortex A7 architecture, Adreno 305 GPU clocked at 450MHz, and 1GB of RAM. Both smartphones also sport expandable memory via microSD, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hotspot, GPS and GLONASS, and 2G/3G/4G connectivity.
Cheaper of the two at only $199, the Archos 45 Helium 4G is a 4.5-inch Android handset equipped with an IPS LCD with 854-by-480 (FWVGA) resolution. Available internal storage is only 4GB, while battery capacity is 1700mAh. Its dimensions are 5.3 x 2.63 x 0.38″. On the other hand, the Archos 50 Helium 4G, priced at $249, is a 5-inch smartphone with 720p IPS LCD. There’s 8GB internal storage onboard, as well as a Li-Ion 2000mAh battery. It measures 5.7 x 2.81 x 0.35″.
The cameras also differ between the devices: the Archos 45 Helium 4G’s rear and front cameras come with 5-megapixel and VGA resolution, respectively, whereas the 50 Helium 4G’s has 8MP and 2MP, instead. The rear cameras from both devices, however, have things in common: autofocus, LED flash, BSI sensor, and 1080p video recording.
Though both smartphones employ Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, they are confirmed to receive an upgrade to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. No word has been said on which markets will be tapped, but expect Archos to unveil more about market availability at CES.