Archos, the French multinational electronics giant has quietly launched a new smartphone in the US market. The 50d Helium is company’s new budget friendly device available in the country for $129. It is the new handset in its Helium series of smartphones. The device is set to hit the shelves later this month and would be coming out of the box with Android 5.1 Lollipop OS featuring almost stock-like UI.
At first sight, you might get the familiar feel as it resembles with the OnePlus One, last year’s flagship killer smartphone. The handset would be coming with two swappable rear panels, both would feature stone finish, while the colors would be Storm Blue and Stone Grey.
Coming to the specifications of the device, it would be packing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 processor which supports 4G LTE, making it an interesting handset at a price point. The chipset is coupled with support of 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD card slot.
The device features a 5-inch HD IPS display, while talking about the cameras; the rear camera is of 13MP and boasts LED flash. For selfie lovers, company has included a 5MP front snapper.
The 50d Helium offers quite a number of connectivity features, starting with 4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and microUSB 2.0. The device weighs 154 grams and measures 8.4 mm thickness. All this is powered by a 2100mAh capacity battery.
Currently, there are not much devices that comes out of the box with Android 5.1 Lollipop, as well as few devices offering 4G LTE under the $130 price tag. If you’re in the US and looking for devices with stock exprience and LTE connectivity then Archos 50d Helium might be good choice.