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When I first came across the pre-IFA announcement for the Archos 55 Diamond Selfie, two questions immediately popped into my head. First, Archos is still around? Second, why is this smartphone such a selfie specialist?

I’ve been playing the tech blogger game for ten years. I remember Archos when I was first starting out and I remember how much I liked the company’s portable media players. This was long before tablets (as we know them today) came to be, so it was pretty cool just carrying around a big (as in about five inches) screen for watching (low-res by today’s standards) videos on the go. Then, along came iOS and Android and the rest is history. But Archos, through some unseen miracle, has somehow survived.

And so, we are now presented with the 55 Diamond Selfie. Whereas Archos PMPs (portable media players) once approached a more premium end of the market, the 55 Diamond Selfie is comparatively much more budget in its approach. A Galaxy Note7 killer this most certainly is not. The “55” refers to the 5.5-inch display on this 7.7 mm thin Android smartphone. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor and 4GB of RAM, along with 64GB of internal storage and a 3,000 mAh battery.

The “selfie” part? Oh, that’s the 8-megapixel front facing camera with screen flash for illuminating your face in the darkest corners of the club. The camera on the back is a 16-megapixel shooter. None of these are especially high end specs, but the 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage put it near the top of the budget range. Expect the Archos 55 Diamond Selfie to launch next month for 200 euros.


Via Digital Trends and Archos (PDF link)

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