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Archos 50 Diamond gives bang for buck

News by Luke Jones on Monday October 27, 2014.

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50 Diamond
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Archos usually strikes a solid balance between quality and affordability and the company's latest device, the Archos 50 Diamond, seems to toe that line again. The French company unveiled the device in Paris over the weekend and revealed that the handset will be arriving in the early months of 2015.

The smartphone features a Full HD 5-inch IPS display and the same 64-BIT Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 found in devices like the HTC Desire 820. The chipset comes with eight Cortex-A53 cores, four of which are clocked at 1.7GHz and another four at 1GHz and in this instance is backed up by 2GB of RAM. Elsewhere there is a 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, while the 8 megapixel front facing lens should appease all the selfie fans out there.

On top of that, the Archos 50 Diamond gets Cat.4 LTE connectivity (up to 150Mbps on the downlink), dual-SIM support, and a 2,700mAh battery. It will ship with Android 4.4.4 KitKat (no word on Lollipop), and those familiar with the company will know that Archos devices tend to run a stock version of Android, so a good deal for all the purists then.

That spec sheet reads like a very robust mid-range offering, while the design of the 50 Diamond is more than passable too. However, remember I mentioned Archos being affordable? Well this device will be available for 200 EUR, which translates to around $250. That makes the 50 Diamond a proper bargain and one of the bang for buck kings.

The device will probably find its way to North American in one way or another, but will be focused on the European market. When it does come to the US, Archos is not known for linking up with carriers so you will have to buy outright from an outlet like Amazon.

source: Archos

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