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Archos Readies First U.S. Smartphones

 Denver – Tablet supplier Archos will unveil its first U.S.-market smartphones at International CES, where the company will show two Android smartphones that it plans to offer as unlocked models and through carriers.

The Archos 50 Helium 4G with 5-inch 1280x720p HD screen and the 4.5-inch Archos 45 Helium 4G with 854×480 FWVGA screen both feature Android 4.3 OS. Both are also upgradeable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and both feature IPS display.

 Unlocked, the GSM/W-CDMA/LTE smartphones will sell for $249 and $199, respectively.

Supplied spec sheets show the two models aren’t banded for the U.S. market, but the company said it would match North American bands when the phones become available in late March for the AT&T and T-Mobile networks.

The launch is part of a diversification drive by the company, which entered the European smartphone market in 2013. On Dec. 30, the company also announced that it would go to CES with its first tablet- and smartphone-controlled home-automation system, its first smart watches, first fitness band and a host of connected fitness-related devices.

Both smartphones come with Qualcomm 1.4GHz quad-core CPU, Adreno 450MHz GPU, 1GB RAM, 1080p video capture and decoding, BSI camera sensor, Bluetooth 3.0, assisted GPS with Glonass, Wi-Fi hot spot capability, and microUSB 2.0 port.

The larger model features 2-megapixel front camera and 8-megapixel main camera, which features autofocus and LED flash. The larger model also features 2,000mAh lithium-ion battery.

 The smaller model features VGA front camera and 5-megapixel main camera with autofocus and LED flash.

The larger model is 0.35 inches deep, and the smaller model is 0.38 inches deep.