Struggling for a while, Archos has decided to collaborate with the brand Nubia (aka ZTE) to restart part of its business.
Archos has decided to turn the corner in terms of mobile telephony, after a fall in turnover of 42% in the first quarter 2017. We could see part of its new range, which remains focused on the input / mid-range, and three smartphones have caught our attention. Two of them are built by ZTE, which markets its range Nubia in China. As you will see, some models are identical. Archos has opted for a French mobile marketing these with sometimes interesting characteristics.
The Diamond Range
The first two are part of the Diamond range. Available in July for 199 euros, Gamma will be hard to cope with fierce competition. Its ultrathin aluminum design offers a 5.5-inch slab (alas) HD very bright, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S435 (4 × 4 × 1.4GHz & 1.1GHz A53), 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage via MicroSD.
The picture is provided by a sensor 13 Megapixel Samsung capable of shooting 1080p at 30 frames / s (and a 5 megapixel sensor on the front). It runs on Android Nougat with Nubia UI 5.0 overlay, quite similar to the emotion IU of Honor for example.
Le Diamond Alpha
Diamond Alpha offers an interesting upmarket. It embeds a slab 5.2 inches full HD, a chip Snapdragon 652, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable memory via MicroSD. picture side, we are treated to a double color and monochrome sensor that seemed in good order. It enjoys a unibody design with a rear aluminum which gives an impression of solidity.
All currently runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with an overlay Nubia. This is actually a version of the ZTE Nubia rebrandée Z17 Mini, but it made us feel good. It will be available in the month of July to 349 euros, with an ODR of 50 euros. At 300 euros, it always will be competition, but could stand out.
L’Archos Sense 55s
Finally, the Archos 55s Sense also challenged us. First and above all with its borderless screen and Full HD, quite rare for an entry. Indeed, borders disappear almost on top of the phone, which still retains a beautiful black stripe down the smartphone. It is a pity not to have implemented the fingerprint reader, located at the rear.
Specifications are as light has a MediaTek chip MT6737T, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM, expandable. It also has 2 MP image sensor 8 pixels at the rear, a fingerprint reader and a battery of 3000 mAh. We stay here on an Android ROM 7 stock. It is 100% Archos.
Its structure is composed of plastic. Therefore less luxurious, but the smartphone amazes by its lightness. It will be available from August for 169 euros. A particularly aggressive price, which could allow him to get a place in the smartphone segment to less than 200 euros.