Archos unveils three unlocked Android smartphones


Manufacturer Archos is to leverage its experience manufacturing Android tablets to push its unlocked Android smartphones

Mobile device manufacturer Archos has unveiled a range of unlocked Android smartphones.

The Archos 35 Carbon (£79.99), Archos 50 Platinum (£179.99) and Archos 53 Platinum (£199.99) will be released first, and are due to be available from the end of May 2013.

The company, which is better known for its tablet offerings, said it wants to leverage its expertise in this area to succeed in the smartphone market.

The flagship Archos 50 Platinum (pictured) has a 5 inch screen, 1.2GHz processor and eight megapixel camera.

It has dual SIM capabilities which allows users to manage two accounts or two providers simultaneously.

The Archos 53 Platinum also has dual SIM capabilities, an eight megapixel camera and 16GB RAM.

The low-end Archos 35 Carbon has a 3.5-inch screen, 512 megabyte RAM and a 1GHz processor.

Archos CEO Loïc Poirier said: “The smartphone market is shifting, as SIM-free sales versus subsidized sales are increasing. Archos is prepared to respond to this change, as we can offer retail channels affordable, unlocked and feature-rich smartphones without the heavy price tag.

“Furthermore, smartphones and tablets are interrelated markets that have quickly crossed over with the arrival of “phablets” – half-phone, half-tablet devices. It makes sense that this should be our next phase of products as it’s a natural fit for our brand and long term growth plans.”