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Archos Unveils 50c Oxygen: an Octa-core Phone at $199

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Archos is headed to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this weekend and it seems the company is looking to get in ahead of the rush of announcements as it today unveiled a host of new Android devices for the year ahead.

First up is the is the 50c Oxygen, an octa-core smartphone that runs on MediaTek’s MT6592 SoC with a Cortex A7 CPU clocked to 1.7 GHz. It packs Mali 450MP4 graphics, a 5-inch 1280 X 720 display (293 ppi), 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of onboard storage with MicroSD support on top, an 8-megapixel camera in the back, a 2-megapixel camera up front, Support for GSM and HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and a 2,000 mAh battery. The standout feature here is clearly the processor. Everything else is fairly middle of the road when you look at the specs of currently available phones and rumors of upcoming flagship devices (like the Samsung Galaxy S5). It’s going to cost $199 at launch.

 

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    Datcu Alexandru , February 20, 2014 3:02 PM
    8 cores and 1 GB of ram? wth is supposed to run on this thing to be so threaded it uses more than 4 cores and yet only 1 GB of ram? BALANCE YOUR GODAM SPECS.
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    bustapr , February 20, 2014 3:03 PM
    for $200 that doesnt look at all bad, but I have to ask, is Archos still crap in reliability and customer service?
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    Datcu Alexandru , February 20, 2014 3:10 PM
    It's not bad but it's horribly balanced. I would rather it have 4 cores clocked a bit higher with 2 GB of ram. Would make more sense.
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    cooltofool , February 20, 2014 4:06 PM
    One day we shall see an amd 8350 inside smartphones w/ liquid cooling
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    MajinCry , February 20, 2014 4:25 PM
    8 cores, huh?Ten bucks says it's only got one or two FPUs.
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    anthony8989 , February 20, 2014 4:33 PM
    Is it 8 cores like the Samsung SoC? 4 performance and 4 power saver ?
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    jacobdrj , February 20, 2014 4:51 PM
    Any Android phone must come with 1.5Gb RAM. Period. And is 8 gigs of available flash too much to ask?
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    Avus , February 20, 2014 5:14 PM
    It is like put a Supra engine in a Corolla.... And all that with a 2000mAh battery?? it better be removable...
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    rwinches , February 20, 2014 10:45 PM
    This MT6592 is a LITTLE.LITTLE HMP version of big.LITTLE HMP Instead of A17(2.2Ghz) A7(1.7Ghz) (MT6595) combo it's A7 A7 (1.7Ghz)

    The HMP variation means any combination of the 8 cores can be used as needed instead of either 4 core cluster.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaTek
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    JOSHSKORN , February 21, 2014 1:13 AM
    With 1 GB of RAM, you only need 2 cores. Have at LEAST 3GB of RAM, maybe 4GB.
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    keddaw , February 21, 2014 4:13 AM
    Surely the apparent dual-SIM is worthy of comment?
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    keddaw , February 21, 2014 4:14 AM
    Surely the apparent dual-SIM is worthy of comment?
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    lpedraja2002 , February 21, 2014 6:16 AM
    At this rate smart phones will probably replace a vast majority of desktops altogether. If they becomes as flexible as a real OS then nothing will stop users from just plugging it to a bigger screen and using bluetooth pheriperals.
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    lukeperryglover , February 22, 2014 8:54 AM
    Ya lpedraja2002 except it wouldn't last very long unless theres a huge breakthrough in battery tech....I remember the ubuntu edge whuch was on indiegogo , it had amazing specs and did plug into monitors with the full ubuntu os, as well as having android
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    lpedraja2002 , February 22, 2014 9:30 AM
    Quote:
    Ya lpedraja2002 except it wouldn't last very long unless theres a huge breakthrough in battery tech....I remember the ubuntu edge whuch was on indiegogo , it had amazing specs and did plug into monitors with the full ubuntu os, as well as having android


    Well with the use of slimport or mhl you don't need to worry about battery since you can charge it while connected to the tv or monitor.
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    cypeq , February 24, 2014 1:50 AM
    Quote:
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    Ya lpedraja2002 except it wouldn't last very long unless theres a huge breakthrough in battery tech....I remember the ubuntu edge whuch was on indiegogo , it had amazing specs and did plug into monitors with the full ubuntu os, as well as having android
    Well with the use of slimport or mhl you don't need to worry about battery since you can charge it while connected to the tv or monitor.
    This is only valid option for web browsing and video playback.Arm is small and energy efficient and by small it's really small it isn't full size processor it only possesses fraction of 'processing units' of a x86 cpu.Another problem is rather limited and slow storage. Portable hdd/ssd would be mandatory for this device.The biggest problem of this phone replace desktops idea is this is only suitable for let's say single people, because when you are away of your phone-pc station it isn't functional.Whenever you'd let someone else use it they have full access to your phone, most people don't like that idea. There obviously is market for this but I only assume it's not very big right now and that will also influence the price of whole solution.
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