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Deal: £170 Archos 50 Platinum quad-core smartphone

Online retailer Expansys has cut the price of the Archos 50 Platinum handset to a mere £170 when you use the voucher code ARCHOS30 at check out. This is a decent price of such a smartphone but it will have some serious competition to deal with.

The Kogan Agora 50 sports almost the same specification with a better HD display, a less capable 5-megapixel camera and a price tag of only £150. The ZTE Blade V has a smaller display with a lower screen resolution, a 5-megapixel camera but is also almost half the price.

Like many at the lower-end of the spectrum, the Archos 50 Platinum runs on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8225Q system-on-chip clocked at 1.2GHz. There's 1GB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 5in display with a 960 x 540 pixel resolution, an 8-megapixel camera, a 2-megapixel front facing one, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a 2,000mAh battery , two SIM slots and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Check out Archos 50 Platinum review here.

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