Following their announcement earlier in the month, two devices from the French manufacturer Archos will be available in the UK soon enough. These will be the 50 Helium Plus and 55 Helium Plus.
Both the devices are classed as “budget” handsets and both have almost identical internals.
Archos have posted this introduction video …
Priced at £119 the 50 Helium Plus features a 5 inch screen at 720p, with the 55 Helium Plus priced at £139 and having a larger 5.5 inch screen again at 720p resolution. Both devices come out of the gate running lollipop Android 5.1, with a MediaTek MT6735P chip which is a quad-core Cortex A53 clocked at 1GHz with a Mali T720 GPU.
The other bits are…
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage, microSD card slot (55 Helium Plus comes bundled with a 16GB SD card)
- 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera
- LTE Category
- Dual-SIM connectivity
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- 2,000mAh battery (2,400mAh on the 55 Helium Plus)
Moto E and Moto G spring to mind anyone? But with those specs and prices it does give the public more choice for their first delve into the Android world. Both devices will be available in the UK from July, we have no idea on stockists as yet. It is also nice to see Archos release a Lollipop device too.
Are you interested in trying some Helium (and not having that funny voice ) ?
“The ARCHOS 50 Helium Plus and the ARCHOS 55 Helium Plus reflect ARCHOS’s mission to democratize 4G technology and to offer its clients better performance at affordable prices,” explains Loic Poirier, CEO at ARCHOS.
ARCHOS has refreshed the style of its Helium line through new, sleeker designs and “Glass Effect” finishing. Available in either Jet Black or White Frost exteriors, these Helium Plus models are distinguished by the quality and brightness of their screens.
The ARCHOS 55 Helium offers a large 5.5 inch screen for maximum reading comfort, and the ARCHOS 50 Helium Plus is equipped with an equally luminous 5 inch screen in a more compact style. The HD resolution of both models, combined with IPS screen technology, results in brilliant colors and wide viewing angles.
From launch, the ARCHOS 50 Helium Plus and the ARCHOS 55 Helium Plus will boast Android’s latest operating system, Lollipop 5.1. Lollipop 5.1 offers an even smoother and more ergonomic user interface, advanced battery life management, and support for 2 SIM cards at once. Users will also benefit from the latest technologies in speed and performance with a 64 bit processor.
Camera-lovers will be able to show off their talents using the Helium Plus line via 13MP of photo power through the rear-facing camera and 5MP through the front-facing camera. Autofocus and LED flash are also included for crystal-clear photos even in low lighting conditions.
hese smartphones boast ARCHOS’s latest innovation, ARCHOS Fusion Storage, which allows the combining of the phone’s internal memory with that of a Micro SD card. A 16GB Micro SD card is even included in the ARCHOS 55 Helium Plus’s box.
Other features of the new Helium Plus line include:
− 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of Flash memory
− Micro SD card slot (64GB compatible)
− Dual SIM technology
− Category 4 4G
− Android Lollipop 5.1
− 2000mAh battery in the ARCHOS 50 Helium Plus / 2400 mAh in the ARCHOS 55 Helium Plus