PRE-ORDER Archos 50 Helium

Discontinued £0.000.00 inc VAT)

Product Code: ARC-50HE Manufacturer: Archos

Description

Archos 50 Helium Overview

Archos are most well known for their incredibly well engineered and feature rich personal media players and storage devices from a few years ago. As technology evolved and brought many of the separate devices we used under the guise of the all encompassing smartphone, Archos moved on to developing tablets, remaining a niche brand providing quality products to the those in the know.

Now in 2014, as mobile hardware technologies begin to plateau in terms of power and Android has become a stable and mature platform, Archos has tipped their hand to manufacturing smartphones. The Helium range has two differently sized devices, 45 and 50, both of which are 4G LTE compatible and powered by a quality Qualcomm quad core processor. With top-drawer design, manufacturing and an aggressive price point, the Archos Helium range is looking to disrupt the established manufacturers this year.

Power & Performance

With huge advances in mobile processor technology in recent years, smartphone specifications have reached incredible highs. Archos have picked out one of the most recent Qualcomm processors, the 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 to power the Helium range.

Whilst not the absolute cream of the crop found in the likes of HTC, Samsung or Sony's flagships, the 400 is still an incredibly powerful processor that will speed through daily tasks and provide a more than suitable platform for gaming. The 400s inclusion also allows for a cost saving, pitching the Helium range at a more aggressive price point than its competitiors.

Pure Android

Many manufacturers choose to adapt Android to their liking, sometimes so much that it becomes unrecognisable. Archos have decided to stick to the standard design of Jelly Bean, choosing functionality and accessibility over a modified interactive space. Jelly Bean on the Helium range is as close to stock Android as you will see outside of the Nexus range. As well as providing a performance boost over highly skinned competitors, this will also allow Archos to provide timely updates, much closer in line to Google's main revisions to Android.

There are a few Archos specific apps to augment the experience though. A true File Explorer is included, massively useful for those who like to micro manage their storage and files. Also, Archos provide their bespoke Video Player and Audio Player; which have built on years of experience to create simple and elegant media hubs.

Connectivity

The 50 Helium offers 4G LTE compatibility on the 800 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 ranges (international bands 20, 3, 1 & 7). This falls back to high speed HSPA+, alongside the stalwarts of the smart world; WiFi & Bluetooth 3.0. You also get to make use of WiFi direct, HDMI video out via the MHL equipped micro USB port and USB OTG. Archos even include a USB OTG cable in the box with the Helium range!

What's in the box of Archos 50 Helium

  • ARCHOS 50 Helium 4G
  • USB charger
  • USB cable
  • Battery
  • Hands-free kit
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Booklet

Reasons to buy Archos 50 Helium

  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 400
  • 5 inch 1280 x 720 IPS LCD
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB storage
  • Micro SD support up to 64 GB
  • 4G LTE compatible ( 800 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 )
  • 8 MP camera
  • 145 x 71.5 x 8.95 mm
  • 2000 mAh battery

Specification

SIM Free & Unlocked Yes
Operating SystemAndroid
Version4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Custom Skin
Processor
Speed1.2 GHz
Dual Core
Quad Core Yes
Make/ModelQualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926
OtherAdreno 305 GPU
Expansion Slot Yes
TypeMicroSDXC
Capacity (Up to)64 GB
RAM1GB
ROM
Internal Storage Yes
Capacity8 GB
Display/Screen
Touchscreen Yes
Size5
TypeIPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 720
Other
GSM/GPRS Yes
Frequencies850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
Speed
3G/HSPA Yes
Frequencies900 / 1800 / 2100 MHz
Speed
4G Yes
Frequencies800 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 Mhz
Speed
Bluetooth Yes
Version3.0
FunctionsA2DP HFP EDR
WiFi Yes
VersionIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
DLNA Yes
Version
Ports
DataMicro USB
PowerMicro USB
Audio
Video Out
Facebook Yes
Device Controls
Keyboard
Optical Trackpad
Hardware Buttons
Other
GPS Yes
Antenna TypeInternal Glonass
A-GPS Yes
Built-in Software
Camera Yes
Megapixels8
FlashAuto Focus and LED Flash
Camera Lens
Other
Front Facing Camera Yes
Type2 MP
Sensors
Accelerometer Yes
Proximity Sensor Yes
Digital Compass
Gyroscope Yes
Light Sensor Yes
Audio
FormatsMP3, WAV (PCM/ADPCM), AAC, AAC 5.13, OGG Vorbis
Recording
Video
FormatsH.264 up to 1080p /AVI/MP4/3GP/MKV, H.265 up to 720p
Recording
Near Field Communication
FM Radio Yes
Battery
Capacity2,000 mAh
Type
Removable
Call Time
GSM
3G
Standby Time
GSM
3G
Dimensions145 x 71.5 x 8.95 mm
Weight TBC
SoftwareArchos file explorer, Video Player, Music Player
Other
Warranty