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Archos launches trio of unlocked Android smartphones

French manufacturer Archos has unveiled new unlocked Android-based smartphones.

Each device features a super slim design, IPS display, Qualcomm CPU, and dual SIM cards with the flexibility to manage two providers simultaneously.

The Archos 35 Carbon (£79.99), Archos 50 Platinum (£179.99), and Archos 53 Platinum (£199.99) will be available in Europe at the end of May, marking a big change in the company's product lineup.

"The smartphone market is shifting, as SIM-free sales versus subsidized sales are increasing, and Archos is prepared to respond, as we can offer retail channels affordable, unlocked and feature-rich smartphones without the need to subsidize," CEO Loïc Poirier said in a statement.

Each phone's title signifies its screen size: the Archos 35 Carbon carries 3.5in display, 3G and Wi-Fi network capabilities, plus a MicroSD card with up to 32GB of expandable memory, Bluetooth, and GPS, all running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Meanwhile, the 5in and 5.3in Platinum phablets seem to carry almost identical specs, with only slight changes in screen and battery size. Each features an 8-megapixel front camera and 2-megapixel snapper in the back, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, and 1GB RAM with up to 64GB expandable memory, running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

"Smartphones and tablets are interrelated markets that have quickly crossed over with the arrival of 'phablets' — half-phone, half-tablet devices," Poirier said. "It only makes sense that this should be our next phase of products as this would be a natural fit for our brand and long term growth."

Meanwhile, Archos in February unveiled a new line of Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-based tablets.