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Archos to catwalk £200 4G Android smartphone at CES

Archos is bringing a new range of smartphones to the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show [CES] in Las Vegas and giving consumers a chance to snap up 4G enabled devices at an affordable price point.

The company’s two devices come under the Helium banner and come in 5in and 4.5in screen sizes as well as an impressive array of specifications that start at just £189.99.

“The smartphone has revolutionized the way consumers access information, giving them the ability to instantly view, connect and share ideas regardless of location and time,” says Loïc Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. “The ARCHOS Helium 4G smartphones will once again change consumers’ mindsets by making the best possible technology affordable.”

Both of the devices have a Qualcomm MSM8926 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz as well as an Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM, and the smartphones run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which will eventually be upgraded to 4.4.2 KitKat in due course.

The Archos 50 Helium 4G has the larger 5in screen with a 1,280 x 730 HD display that has IPS and 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card. It’s packed with an 8-megapixel rear camera as well as a 2-megapixel one on the front and the device is powered by a 2,000mAh battery.

Meanwhile the Archos 45 Helium 4G has a 4.5in screen with an 854 x 480 resolution display complete with IPS and 4GB of internal memory that is also expandable using a microSD card. It has a 5-megapixel rear camera and there is a VGA snapper on the front with power provided by a 1,700mAh battery.

In terms of price the larger of the two devices comes in at £229.99 whereas the smaller version will cost just £189.99 and both devices come unlocked as standard.