Archos debuts unlocked smartphone lineup

Archos – a company which has thus far focused on Android tablets – has debuted a lineup of Google certified smartphones.

The three handsets feature a slim design, IPS, dual SIM cards and a Qualcomm GPU.

The ARCHOS 35 Carbon ($99.99), ARCHOS 50 Platinum ($219.99) and ARCHOS 53 Platinum($249.99) will be the first in a new line of smartphones to hit the streets and will be available starting in Europe at the end of May 2013.

“The smartphone market is shifting, as SIM-free sales versus subsidized sales are increasing, said Archos CEO Loïc Poirier.

“[We are] prepared to respond, as we can offer retail channels affordable, unlocked and feature-rich smartphones without the need to subsidize.”

Ranging from 3.5” to 5.3” in size, the first three smartphones to be released in Q2 will include a range of features, connectivity, CPU’s and storage.

The flagship device, the Archos 50 Platinum, boasts a 5.0 inch full black IPS display paired with a quad-core CPU at 1.2GHz and 8 M Pixels camera.

“Meaning, end-users will have an experience similar to a Samsung Galaxy S3 for half the price,” said Loïc Poirier.

Additional specs include:

* Pure re un-skinned Android OS.

* Google Certification for access to Google Play and Mobile Services.

* Full black screen process.

* Archos Media Center apps for music and videos.

* Cloud-based contacts and storage.

* Front and back cameras.