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Archos Helium 45 and 50 phones to debut at CES

Archos Helium 45 and 50 phones to debut at CES

The Archos Helium 50.

Archos has revealed the Archos Helium 45 and Helium 50 smartphones that it will be debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week.

The new phones are aimed at the budget end of the market, with the Helium 45 set to cost £189-£199.99 and the Helium 50 £229.99-£239.99.

Both phones will have 4G connectivity, by powered be a Qualcomm MSM8926 quad-core processor and 1GB RAM, and run Android 4.3, with full access to the Play Store - some of Archos' previous devices have foregone meeting Google's requirements for Play Store access. They also both feature a microSD slot for easy storage expansion.

Where the two differs is that the Archos Helium 50 will sport a 5in 720p IPS display and an 8MP rear camera and will be powered by a 2000mAh battery. Meanwhile the cheaper Helium 45 model has a 4.5in 854 x 480 pixel IPS display, 4GB of storage, a 5MP camera and a 1700mAh battery.

Both devices appear to have a reasonable selection of features for the prize but will have to impress in other areas if they're to standup against the likes of the Moto G, a budget phone that many have lauded as the best phone of last year. The Heliums will be coming to a variety of markets in Europe, including the UK but there are no fixed release dates yet.

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Nexxo 3rd January 2014, 15:51 Quote
So called because when you use those mobiles, your voice comes over all squeaky and high. :p
Combatus 3rd January 2014, 16:13 Quote
Moto G is an awesome phone - got my mum one for Christmas. Tesco do the 8GB model for less than £100 so the Helium 45 looks set to fail if it costs twice that. Sadly hers only lasted four battery charge cycles but I'm hoping it was a one-off. Replacement arrives in a few days so we'll see
Alecto 4th January 2014, 11:09 Quote
I wonder how they are planning to succeed with a relatively unknown brand (known mainly for cheapo tablets) in the market where Moto G came out first?
PingCrosby 4th January 2014, 14:14 Quote
I went to buy one of these but the salesman said they had just flew off the shelf
Weebob 4th January 2014, 15:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combatus
Moto G is an awesome phone - got my mum one for Christmas. Tesco do the 8GB model for less than £100 so the Helium 45 looks set to fail if it costs twice that. Sadly hers only lasted four battery charge cycles but I'm hoping it was a one-off. Replacement arrives in a few days so we'll see

I have picked up a moto g for the wife after her lumia 620 lost the plot. Was very very impressed with it so ended up punting for one myself. So far so far good on both of them.

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itrush07 4th January 2014, 16:05 Quote
I just can't wait to hold that archos helium phone really.
SchizoFrog 4th January 2014, 20:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Weebob
Quote:
Originally Posted by Combatus
Moto G is an awesome phone - got my mum one for Christmas. Tesco do the 8GB model for less than £100 so the Helium 45 looks set to fail if it costs twice that. Sadly hers only lasted four battery charge cycles but I'm hoping it was a one-off. Replacement arrives in a few days so we'll see

I have picked up a moto g for the wife after her lumia 620 lost the plot. Was very very impressed with it so ended up punting for one myself. So far so far good on both of them.

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I'm more interested in how you found the 620 before it 'lost the plot'.
Combatus 5th January 2014, 20:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Weebob
I have picked up a moto g for the wife after her lumia 620 lost the plot. Was very very impressed with it so ended up punting for one myself. So far so far good on both of them.

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Good to hear, thanks Weebob! Have to admit, the screen put my iPhone 5 to shame and was considering selling it for one too - incredible considering it costs a quarter of the price.
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