Archos 50 Diamond review

This summer, the French company Archos has a curious smartphone called 50 Diamond. By the way, the series of devices from Archos are called quite original: Helium, Oxygen, Cesium, Xenon, Neon, Platinum, Titanium. It seems that the founder of the company received a higher education in chemistry :) I also remember House in Kacyiru the brand of Trium phones, where, apparently, the founder was fond of astronomy, since he named almost all his phones like this: Neptune, Sirius, Mars and, by the way, Galaxy (hello Samsung).

A curious device because it has everything for a happy life on board: a 5-inch high-resolution IPS OGS screen, a smart chipset from Qualcomm, a 16 MP camera module, fast 4G Internet with support for all necessary frequencies, for fans of contactless payments built-in NFC. Now I would still have a minimum price, and here it is - the phone of my dreams. Unfortunately, with the current dollar and euro exchange rates, the cost of the Archos 50 Diamond is about 20,000 rubles. Two years ago, I would not have believed that the B-brand would cost so much ...

Design, dimensions, controls

As a rule, acid-colored gadgets are designed for young people, and usually this audience does not have large financial resources. Actually, that's why I made such a conclusion based on the first impressions of the 50 Diamond: a cool bright smartphone, apparently with mediocre characteristics for 8,000 - 10,000 rubles. In fact, it turned out that the parameters are not the weakest, and the price for many will be biting.

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The gadget really looks interesting. It is light, thin, narrow, lime-colored - in general, it stands out against the background of the same type of bricks. There is an option in black, but in almost all stores it is most often found in the color "Yellow".

Archos 50 Diamond

The shape of the case is rectangular, elongated, the upper and lower ends are slightly rounded, the corners are sloping, the back surface is flat, but smoothly transitions to the side faces.

Almost the entire front part is occupied by the protective glass of the screen. Unfortunately, I couldn't find information about the material, most likely it's not Corning, but some kind of tempered glass. For a couple of weeks of use, not a single scratch appeared on the display, although I carried the device with other gadgets in my jacket pocket. There is an oleophobic coating, but not the best: prints quickly cover the glass surface, forming a slight light coating. Erased prints easily. The finger glides more or less well.

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The lower insert on the front panel is made of plastic, painted in the same color as the rear panel. The side faces are made in the same way. Matte plastic, no texture. The Archos lies well in the hand, as the body is elongated and light, it does not slip.

The assembly is excellent: the case does not creak or crunch when squeezed. However, longer testing is needed to understand how the materials will behave.

Archos 50 Diamond

In the top center of the front of the smartphone is the voice speaker. It has a high volume, excellent intelligibility, the interlocutor can be heard clearly, he hears you too without problems. Interference or extraneous noise was not observed. The timbre is pleasant: there are low frequencies, and high frequencies with medium ones. During a call, you can increase the volume a little more by clicking on the corresponding icon.

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To the left of the speaker is a small indicator of battery charge and missed events, and to the right is a “selfie” camera, light and proximity sensors (they don’t glitch, they don’t slow down, the proximity sensor doesn’t flicker during a call).

Below the display are Android touch buttons. They are very thin, and the touch zone is narrow, so you have to accurately hit the buttons. There is a backlight, it is white, dim, but the characters are visible well. In the settings, you can choose the glow time. I advise you not to put "All". By the way, yes, the firmware is translated into Russian by about 50% -60%, that is, many menu items are in English.

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Bottom - microUSB and main microphone, top - second microphone and 3.5 mm jack. On the left are the volume rocker and the power button. They are thin, narrow, slightly convex. The location of the backlight on / off button is not the best, in my opinion, since it is more convenient for right-handers to use it on the right. It seems to me that the designer was left-handed.

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On the reverse side there is a camera eye protruding a millimeter above the body, a flash and a speaker grille at the bottom.

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The back cover is easy to remove. On the back is the NFC antenna and its contacts. The battery is built into the phone, but it can theoretically be removed by removing a couple of screws from the top.

Archos 50 Diamond

Above the battery: on the left is SIM1 with 2G/3G/4G support, and next to it is a slot for a microSD memory card; on the right - SIM2 with support for 2G only.

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Archos and Nexus 5

Archos 50 Diamond

Archos and Meizu M1 Note

Display

This product uses a 5-inch screen. The physical size is 62x110 mm, the frame is 14 mm at the top, 22 mm at the bottom, and approximately 4.5 mm each on the right and left. There is an anti-reflective coating, which is quite effective.

The resolution of the Archos 50 Diamond display is FullHD, i.e. 1920x1080 pixels, the aspect ratio is 16:9, the density is 440 pixels per inch. IPS matrix without air gap.

The maximum brightness of white is 363 cd/m2, the maximum brightness of black is 0.47 cd/m2. Contrast - 770:1.

The white line is the goal we are trying to achieve. The yellow line (average of red, green, and blue) is the actual screen data. You can see that we are directly below the target curve, which means that at every value between 0 and 100 the image is a bit dark, especially at around 70 to 90% brightness.

Archos 50 Diamond

The average gamma is 2.58. As the brightness increases, the gamma varies greatly from 2.17 to 4.19. That is, the picture will be brighter with deep blacks, but detail in the highlights will be lost.

Archos 50 Diamond

Judging by the level graph, there is an excess of blue.

Archos 50 Diamond

Temperature - about 7300 K.

Archos 50 Diamond

According to the diagram, the received data does not exactly correspond to the sRGB triangle.

Archos 50 Diamond

All gray points are placed outside the DeltaE=10 radius, which indicates that other shades of colors will be present in gray colors.

Archos 50 Diamond

Viewing angles are maximum, at angles the picture does not turn purple or yellow. Overall, the display is of excellent quality, perhaps lacking more saturated colors.

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Archos 50 Diamond

Настройки

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Аккумулятор

В аппарате Archos 50 Diamond встроенный литий-полимерный аккумулятор. Его емкость составляет 2700 мАч. По нынешним меркам, не так много, однако львиная доля времени работы гаджета зависит от оптимизации системы. С этим здесь все в порядке.

В моем режиме смартфон «жил» примерно с 9:00 до 18:00 при достаточно интенсивной нагрузке. Без использования 4G (только на Wi-Fi дома) Archos работал до утра следующего дня.

When watching video in FullHD resolution, expect 5-7 hours (depending on bitrate, audio volume and screen brightness). With toys, everything is more complicated, most likely, the Snapdragon 615 chipset is to blame: in about 2 hours the battery will be discharged to 10%.

In the kit you will find a power adapter with an output current of 1 A.

Communications

The device works not only in 2G/3G networks (GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz), but also in 4G CAT 4 (FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/ 2600 MHz).

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There is an NFC chip! The rest is standard for any Android smartphone: GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 with OTG support.

Memory and memory card

This uses 2 GB of RAM. Built-in Flash-memory 16 GB, about 10 GB is allocated for installing applications and storing data. Naturally, there is a slot for a memory card. According to official data, the device supports cards up to 128 GB.

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The device has the Archos Fusion Storage feature. Its meaning is that your microSD card forms one storage along with the built-in memory. An extremely handy thing, especially when you need to install several large applications. Fusion Storage is located in the settings in the corresponding section. There is a small warning: if you decide to use this feature, then I do not recommend removing the microSD often, because now parts of applications can remain on it.

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Cameras

Traditionally, there are two camera modules: 16 MP (OmniVision, F2.5 aperture) and 8 MP (F2.3 aperture). There is no optical stabilizer, single flash, LED.

I carefully analyzed the nature of the noise, the processing of frames by the built-in software and came to the conclusion that the Archos 50 Diamond has the same camera modules as the Innos D6000. The only difference is that in my sample D6000 the firmware was "unfinished", so the night shots looked different.

Here is an example of frames on Archos (left) and Innos (right)

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Conclusions on the Archos camera are similar to the conclusions on the Innos camera.

At the moment, images come out with accurate white balance, excellent dynamic range, good contrast, pleasing colors, nice bokeh, accurate and very fast autofocus.

In low light conditions, the picture comes out soapy and unsharp. The minimum shutter speed is 1/10, and automatic ISO = 1600; maximum shutter speed 1/10000, ISO=50.

The device shoots video in FullHD resolution at 30 fps, regardless of the lighting level. The image is sharp, smooth, but when moving it is very blurred (most likely, the low bitrate affects). The viewing angle is average. The sound is clear, loud and of high quality.

The front camera is relatively wide-angle at 27mm. It shoots well, I was especially pleased with the working out of contrast and white balance, selfies come out great. In low light, the “front camera” copes normally, but the picture comes out a little blurry. Interestingly, the selfie camera software sometimes sets the shutter speed even to 1/8 (that's why the frames are bright)! Video - HD.

An example of the operation of the A Better Camera application (left) and the regular program "Camera"

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The camera interface is very confusing, you have to look for the necessary functions in several sections. In addition, I repeat that half of the UI is in English, which will be inconvenient for some users.

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Sample photos

Performance

This model uses a chipset from the American company Qualcomm - Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) - this is the first eight-core processor that was introduced at MWC 2014.

The Snapdragon chip is based on 28nm technology, the instruction set is ARMV8, 4 ARM Cortex-A53 cores are clocked at 1.8GHz, and the other 4 cores are clocked at 1GHz. The graphics are Adreno 405 with support for DirectX 11.2, Open GL ES3.0 and displays with a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels.

The Archos 50 Diamond works smoothly, there were practically no glitches or brakes, and if they were noticed, it was extremely rare. Applications took a long time to launch, especially games. Probably using slow memory.

With games, not everything is clear. For example, in Unkilled and RealRacing frames dropped a little (about 17 FPS on average), and in Dead Trigger 2 the number of frames was sometimes higher than 50.

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Тесты производительности

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Программная платформа

Аппарат работает на ОС Google Android версии 4.4.4. Производитель обещал, что в скором времени выйдет «обнова» до Android Lollipop. Точные сроки не сообщаются.

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Мультимедиа

Музыкальный плеер стандартный. Громкость динамика средняя, качество чуть выше среднего, не хватает басовитых ноток.

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Громкость в наушниках высокая. Качество обычное для подобных устройств. Надо слушать. Мне понравилось. Радио присутствует.

Заключение

Смартфон произвел приятное впечатление – он симпатичный, яркий, компактный и удобный в обращении. Характеристики не вызвали у меня вопросов. Все, что нужно для комфортной работы, здесь есть: быстрый интернет, шустрый чипсет, емкая батарейка, хорошие экран и камеры. Другой вопрос – цена. Пока очень сложно воспринимать Б-бренды, стоимость которых выше 15 000 рублей. До кризиса данную модель можно было бы купить за 12 000 – 14 000 рублей, а сейчас приходится отдавать все 20 000. Поэтому конкурентов, к сожалению для Archos, очень много:

Meizu M1 Note. It costs about 14,000, you can find cheaper. The processor allows you to run any toys. There is a frequency limit for LTE, but, for example, MTS has no problems.

Meizu M2 Note. It costs 16,000 rubles. Slightly weaker processor, but everything else is about the level of Archos.

Xiaomi Mi4i. On average, it costs about 15,000 rubles. Approximately the same as Archos, only a 3100 mAh battery.

Highscreen Boost 3. It will be released in late October or early November at a price of 20,000 rubles. Cool in that it is equipped with a music processor and an amplifier. There are two batteries for 3000 mAh and 6000 mAh.

Innos D6000. It will appear officially in Russia in November at a price of 16,000 to 18,000 rubles. The parameters are similar to Archos, only there is no NFC, but the batteries have a total capacity of 6000 mAh, and the system is updated to 5.1.1 out of the box with a subsequent update to 6.0. In addition, it has 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini. It costs about 18,000 rubles. In fact, an analogue of Archos, but ZTE already works on Android 5.0, a 2900 mAh battery.

There are many more competitors, but they have a slightly larger screen size.

UPD: as of 03.11.2015, the price of the device has fallen significantly, and the initial cost is 14,000 rubles.

Review of the smartphone Archos 50 Diamond

This summer, the French company Archos has a curious smartphone called 50 Diamond. By the way, the series of devices from Archos are called quite original: Helium, Oxygen, Cesium, Xenon, Neon, Platinum, Titanium. It seems that the founder of the company graduated in chemistry :) I also remember House in Kacyiru the brand of Trium phones, where, apparently, the founder was fond of astronomy, since he named almost all his phones like this: Neptune, Sirius, Mars and, by the way, Galaxy (hello Samsung).

A curious device because it has everything for a happy life on board: a 5-inch high-resolution IPS OGS screen, a smart chipset from Qualcomm, a 16 MP camera module, fast 4G Internet with support for all necessary frequencies, for fans of contactless payments built-in NFC. Now I would still have a minimum price, and here it is - the phone of my dreams. Unfortunately, with the current dollar and euro exchange rates, the cost of the Archos 50 Diamond is about 20,000 rubles. Two years ago, I would not have believed that the B-brand would cost so much ...

Design, dimensions, controls

As a rule, acid-colored gadgets are designed for young people, and usually this audience does not have large financial resources. Actually, that's why I made such a conclusion on the first impressions of the 50 Diamond: a cool bright smartphone, apparently with mediocre characteristics for 8,000 - 10,000 rubles. In fact, it turned out that the parameters are not the weakest, and the price for many will be biting.

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The gadget really looks interesting. It is light, thin, narrow, lime-colored - in general, it stands out against the background of the same type of bricks. There is an option in black, but in almost all stores it is most often found in the color "Yellow".

Archos 50 Diamond

The shape of the case is rectangular, elongated, the upper and lower ends are slightly rounded, the corners are sloping, the back surface is flat, but smoothly transitions to the side faces.

Almost the entire front part is occupied by the protective glass of the screen. Unfortunately, I couldn't find information about the material, most likely it's not Corning, but some kind of tempered glass. For a couple of weeks of use, not a single scratch appeared on the display, although I carried the device with other gadgets in my jacket pocket. There is an oleophobic coating, but not the best: prints quickly cover the glass surface, forming a slight light coating. Erased prints easily. The finger glides more or less well.

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The lower insert on the front panel is made of plastic, painted in the same color as the rear panel. The side faces are made in the same way. Matte plastic, no texture. The Archos lies well in the hand, as the body is elongated and light, it does not slip.

The assembly is excellent: the case does not creak or crunch when squeezed. However, longer testing is needed to understand how the materials will behave.

Archos 50 Diamond

In the top center of the front of the smartphone is the voice speaker. It has a high volume, excellent intelligibility, the interlocutor can be heard clearly, he hears you too without problems. Interference or extraneous noise was not observed. The timbre is pleasant: there are low frequencies, and high frequencies with medium ones. During a call, you can increase the volume a little more by clicking on the corresponding icon.

Archos 50 Diamond

To the left of the speaker is a small indicator of battery charge and missed events, and to the right is a “selfie” camera, light and proximity sensors (they don’t glitch, they don’t slow down, the proximity sensor doesn’t flicker during a call).

Below the display are Android touch buttons. They are very thin, and the touch zone is narrow, so you have to accurately hit the buttons. There is a backlight, it is white, dim, but the characters are visible well. In the settings, you can choose the glow time. I advise you not to put "All". By the way, yes, the firmware is translated into Russian by about 50% -60%, that is, many menu items are in English.

Archos 50 Diamond

Bottom - microUSB and main microphone, top - second microphone and 3.5 mm jack. On the left are the volume rocker and the power button. They are thin, narrow, slightly convex. The location of the backlight on / off button is not the best, in my opinion, since it is more convenient for right-handers to use it on the right. It seems to me that the designer was left-handed.

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On the reverse side there is a camera eye protruding a millimeter above the body, a flash and a speaker grille at the bottom.

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The back cover is easy to remove. On the back is the NFC antenna and its contacts. The battery is built into the phone, but it can theoretically be removed by removing a couple of screws from the top.

Archos 50 Diamond

Above the battery: on the left - SIM1 with support for 2G/3G/4G, and next to it - a slot for a microSD memory card; on the right - SIM2 with support for 2G only.

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Archos and Nexus 5

Archos 50 Diamond

Archos and Meizu M1 Note

Display

This product uses a 5-inch screen. The physical size is 62x110 mm, the frame is 14 mm at the top, 22 mm at the bottom, and approximately 4.5 mm each on the right and left. There is an anti-reflective coating, which is quite effective.

The resolution of the Archos 50 Diamond display is FullHD, i.e. 1920x1080 pixels, the aspect ratio is 16:9, the density is 440 pixels per inch. IPS matrix without air gap.

The maximum brightness of white is 363 cd/m2, the maximum brightness of black is 0.47 cd/m2. Contrast - 770:1.

The white line is the goal we are trying to achieve. The yellow line (average of red, green, and blue) is the actual screen data. You can see that we are directly below the target curve, which means that at every value between 0 and 100 the image is a bit dark, especially at around 70 to 90% brightness.

Archos 50 Diamond

The average gamma is 2.58. As the brightness increases, the gamma varies greatly from 2.17 to 4.19. That is, the picture will be brighter with deep blacks, but detail in the highlights will be lost.

Archos 50 Diamond

Judging by the level graph, there is an excess of blue.

Archos 50 Diamond

Temperature - about 7300 K.

Archos 50 Diamond

According to the diagram, the received data does not exactly correspond to the sRGB triangle.

Archos 50 Diamond

All gray points are placed outside the DeltaE=10 radius, which indicates that other shades of colors will be present in gray colors.

Archos 50 Diamond

Viewing angles are maximum, at angles the picture does not turn purple or yellow. Overall, the display is of excellent quality, perhaps lacking more saturated colors.

Archos 50 Diamond Archos 50 Diamond Archos 50 Diamond Archos 50 Diamond

Archos 50 Diamond

Настройки

Archos 50 Diamond Archos 50 Diamond Archos 50 Diamond

Аккумулятор

В аппарате Archos 50 Diamond встроенный литий-полимерный аккумулятор. Его емкость составляет 2700 мАч. По нынешним меркам, не так много, однако львиная доля времени работы гаджета зависит от оптимизации системы. С этим здесь все в порядке.

В моем режиме смартфон «жил» примерно с 9:00 до 18:00 при достаточно интенсивной нагрузке. Без использования 4G (только на Wi-Fi дома) Archos работал до утра следующего дня.

When watching video in FullHD resolution, expect 5-7 hours (depending on bitrate, audio volume and screen brightness). With toys, everything is more complicated, most likely, the Snapdragon 615 chipset is to blame: in about 2 hours the battery will be discharged to 10%.

In the kit you will find a power adapter with an output current of 1 A.

Communications

The device works not only in 2G/3G networks (GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz), but also in 4G CAT 4 (FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/ 2600 MHz).

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There is an NFC chip! The rest is standard for any Android smartphone: GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 with OTG support.

Memory and memory card

This uses 2 GB of RAM. Built-in Flash-memory 16 GB, about 10 GB is allocated for installing applications and storing data. Naturally, there is a slot for a memory card. According to official data, the device supports cards up to 128 GB.

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The device has the Archos Fusion Storage feature. Its meaning is that your microSD card forms one storage along with the built-in memory. An extremely handy thing, especially when you need to install several large applications. Fusion Storage is located in the settings in the corresponding section. There is a small warning: if you decide to use this feature, then I do not recommend removing the microSD often, because now parts of applications can remain on it.

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Cameras

Traditionally, there are two camera modules: 16 MP (OmniVision, F2.5 aperture) and 8 MP (F2.3 aperture). There is no optical stabilizer, single flash, LED.

I carefully analyzed the nature of the noise, the processing of frames by the built-in software and came to the conclusion that the Archos 50 Diamond has the same camera modules as the Innos D6000. The only difference is that in my sample D6000 the firmware was "unfinished", so the night shots looked different.

Here is an example of frames on Archos (left) and Innos (right)

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Conclusions on the Archos camera are similar to the conclusions on the Innos camera.

At the moment, images come out with accurate white balance, excellent dynamic range, good contrast, pleasing colors, nice bokeh, accurate and very fast autofocus.

In low light conditions, the picture comes out soapy and unsharp. The minimum shutter speed is 1/10, and automatic ISO = 1600; maximum shutter speed 1/10000, ISO=50.

The device shoots video in FullHD resolution at 30 fps, regardless of the lighting level. The image is sharp, smooth, but when moving it is very blurred (most likely, the low bitrate affects). The viewing angle is average. The sound is clear, loud and of high quality.

The front camera is relatively wide-angle at 27mm. It shoots well, I was especially pleased with the working out of contrast and white balance, selfies come out great. In low light, the “front camera” copes normally, but the picture comes out a little blurry. Interestingly, the selfie camera software sometimes sets the shutter speed even to 1/8 (that's why the frames are bright)! Video - HD.

An example of the operation of the A Better Camera application (left) and the regular program "Camera"

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The camera interface is very confusing, you have to look for the necessary functions in several sections. In addition, I repeat that half of the UI is in English, which will be inconvenient for some users.

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Sample photos

Performance

This model uses a chipset from the American company Qualcomm - Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) - this is the first eight-core processor that was introduced at MWC 2014.

The Snapdragon chip is based on 28nm technology, the instruction set is ARMV8, 4 ARM Cortex-A53 cores are clocked at 1.8GHz, and the other 4 cores are clocked at 1GHz. The graphics are Adreno 405 with support for DirectX 11.2, Open GL ES3.0 and displays with a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels.

The Archos 50 Diamond works smoothly, there were practically no glitches or brakes, and if they were noticed, it was extremely rare. Applications took a long time to launch, especially games. Probably using slow memory.

With games, not everything is clear. For example, in Unkilled and RealRacing frames dropped a little (about 17 FPS on average), and in Dead Trigger 2 the number of frames was sometimes higher than 50.

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Тесты производительности

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Программная платформа

Аппарат работает на ОС Google Android версии 4.4.4. Производитель обещал, что в скором времени выйдет «обнова» до Android Lollipop. Точные сроки не сообщаются.

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Мультимедиа

Музыкальный плеер стандартный. Громкость динамика средняя, качество чуть выше среднего, не хватает басовитых ноток.

Archos 50 Diamond Archos 50 Diamond Archos 50 Diamond Archos 50 Diamond Archos 50 Diamond Archos 50 Diamond

Громкость в наушниках высокая. Качество обычное для подобных устройств. Надо слушать. Мне понравилось. Радио присутствует.

Заключение

Смартфон произвел приятное впечатление – он симпатичный, яркий, компактный и удобный в обращении. Характеристики не вызвали у меня вопросов. Все, что нужно для комфортной работы, здесь есть: быстрый интернет, шустрый чипсет, емкая батарейка, хорошие экран и камеры. Другой вопрос – цена. Пока очень сложно воспринимать Б-бренды, стоимость которых выше 15 000 рублей. До кризиса данную модель можно было бы купить за 12 000 – 14 000 рублей, а сейчас приходится отдавать все 20 000. Поэтому конкурентов, к сожалению для Archos, очень много:

Meizu M1 Note. It costs about 14,000, you can find cheaper. The processor allows you to run any toys. There is a frequency limit for LTE, but, for example, MTS has no problems.

Meizu M2 Note. It costs 16,000 rubles. Slightly weaker processor, but everything else is about the level of Archos.

Xiaomi Mi4i. On average, it costs about 15,000 rubles. Approximately the same as Archos, only a 3100 mAh battery.

Highscreen Boost 3. It will be released in late October or early November at a price of 20,000 rubles. Cool in that it is equipped with a music processor and an amplifier. There are two batteries for 3000 mAh and 6000 mAh.

Innos D6000. It will appear officially in Russia in November at a price of 16,000 to 18,000 rubles. The parameters are similar to Archos, only there is no NFC, but the batteries have a total capacity of 6000 mAh, and the system is updated to 5.1.1 out of the box with a subsequent update to 6.0. In addition, it has 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini. It costs about 18,000 rubles. In fact, an analogue of Archos, but ZTE already works on Android 5.0, a 2900 mAh battery.

There are many more competitors, but they have a slightly larger screen size.

UPD: as of 03.11.2015, the price of the device has fallen significantly, and the initial cost is 14,000 rubles.

Archos 50 Diamond review

This summer, the French company Archos has a curious smartphone called 50 Diamond. By the way, the series of devices from Archos are called quite original: Helium, Oxygen, Cesium, Xenon, Neon, Platinum, Titanium. It seems that the founder of the company received a higher education in chemistry :) I also remember House in Kacyiru the brand of Trium phones, where, apparently, the founder was fond of astronomy, since he named almost all his phones like this: Neptune, Sirius, Mars and, by the way, Galaxy (hello Samsung).

A curious device because it has everything for a happy life on board: a 5-inch high-resolution IPS OGS screen, a smart chipset from Qualcomm, a 16 MP camera module, fast 4G Internet with support for all necessary frequencies, for fans of contactless payments built-in NFC. Now I would still have a minimum price, and here it is - the phone of my dreams. Unfortunately, with the current dollar and euro exchange rates, the cost of the Archos 50 Diamond is about 20,000 rubles. Two years ago, I would not have believed that the B-brand would cost so much ...

Design, dimensions, controls

As a rule, acid-colored gadgets are designed for young people, and usually this audience does not have large financial resources. Actually, that's why I made such a conclusion based on the first impressions of the 50 Diamond: a cool bright smartphone, apparently with mediocre characteristics for 8,000 - 10,000 rubles. In fact, it turned out that the parameters are not the weakest, and the price for many will be biting.

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The gadget really looks interesting. It is light, thin, narrow, lime-colored - in general, it stands out against the background of the same type of bricks. There is an option in black, but in almost all stores it is most often found in the color "Yellow".

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The assembly is excellent: the case does not creak or crunch when squeezed. However, longer testing is needed to understand how the materials will behave.

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In the top center of the front of the smartphone is the voice speaker. It has a high volume, excellent intelligibility, the interlocutor can be heard clearly, he hears you too without problems. Interference or extraneous noise was not observed. The timbre is pleasant: there are low frequencies, and high frequencies with medium ones. During a call, you can increase the volume a little more by clicking on the corresponding icon.

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To the left of the speaker is a small indicator of battery charge and missed events, and to the right is a “selfie” camera, light and proximity sensors (they don’t glitch, they don’t slow down, the proximity sensor doesn’t flicker during a call).

Below the display are Android touch buttons. They are very thin, and the touch zone is narrow, so you have to accurately hit the buttons. There is a backlight, it is white, dim, but the characters are visible well. In the settings, you can choose the glow time. I advise you not to put "All". By the way, yes, the firmware is translated into Russian by about 50% -60%, that is, many menu items are in English.

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Bottom - microUSB and main microphone, top - second microphone and 3.5 mm jack. On the left are the volume rocker and the power button. They are thin, narrow, slightly convex. The location of the backlight on / off button is not the best, in my opinion, since it is more convenient for right-handers to use it on the right. It seems to me that the designer was left-handed.

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On the reverse side there is a camera eye protruding a millimeter above the body, a flash and a speaker grille at the bottom.

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The back cover is easy to remove. On the back is the NFC antenna and its contacts. The battery is built into the phone, but it can theoretically be removed by removing a couple of screws from the top.

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Above the battery: on the left - SIM1 with support for 2G/3G/4G, and next to it - a slot for a microSD memory card; on the right - SIM2 with support for 2G only.

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Archos and Nexus 5

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Archos and Meizu M1 Note

Display

This product uses a 5-inch screen. The physical size is 62x110 mm, the frame is 14 mm at the top, 22 mm at the bottom, and approximately 4.5 mm each on the right and left. There is an anti-reflective coating, which is quite effective.

The resolution of the Archos 50 Diamond display is FullHD, i.e. 1920x1080 pixels, the aspect ratio is 16:9, the density is 440 pixels per inch. IPS matrix without air gap.

The maximum brightness of white is 363 cd/m2, the maximum brightness of black is 0.47 cd/m2. Contrast - 770:1.

The white line is the goal we are trying to achieve. The yellow line (average of red, green, and blue) is the actual screen data. You can see that we are directly below the target curve, which means that at every value between 0 and 100 the image is a bit dark, especially at around 70 to 90% brightness.

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The average gamma is 2.58. As the brightness increases, the gamma varies greatly from 2.17 to 4.19. That is, the picture will be brighter with deep blacks, but detail in the highlights will be lost.

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Judging by the level graph, there is an excess of blue.

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Temperature - about 7300 K.

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According to the diagram, the received data does not exactly correspond to the sRGB triangle.

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All gray points are placed outside the DeltaE=10 radius, which indicates that other shades of colors will be present in gray colors.

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Viewing angles are maximum, at angles the picture does not turn purple or yellow. Overall, the display is of excellent quality, perhaps lacking more saturated colors.

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Настройки

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Аккумулятор

В аппарате Archos 50 Diamond встроенный литий-полимерный аккумулятор. Его емкость составляет 2700 мАч. По нынешним меркам, не так много, однако львиная доля времени работы гаджета зависит от оптимизации системы. С этим здесь все в порядке.

В моем режиме смартфон «жил» примерно с 9:00 до 18:00 при достаточно интенсивной нагрузке. Без использования 4G (только на Wi-Fi дома) Archos работал до утра следующего дня.

When watching video in FullHD resolution, expect 5-7 hours (depending on bitrate, audio volume and screen brightness). With toys, everything is more complicated, most likely, the Snapdragon 615 chipset is to blame: in about 2 hours the battery will be discharged to 10%.

In the kit you will find a power adapter with an output current of 1 A.

Communications

The device works not only in 2G/3G networks (GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz), but also in 4G CAT 4 (FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/ 2600 MHz).

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There is an NFC chip! The rest is standard for any Android smartphone: GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 with OTG support.

Memory and memory card

This uses 2 GB of RAM. Built-in Flash-memory 16 GB, about 10 GB is allocated for installing applications and storing data. Naturally, there is a slot for a memory card. According to official data, the device supports cards up to 128 GB.

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The device has the Archos Fusion Storage feature. Its meaning is that your microSD card forms one storage along with the built-in memory. An extremely handy thing, especially when you need to install several large applications. Fusion Storage is located in the settings in the corresponding section. There is a small warning: if you decide to use this feature, then I do not recommend removing the microSD often, because now parts of applications can remain on it.

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Cameras

Traditionally, there are two camera modules: 16 MP (OmniVision, F2.5 aperture) and 8 MP (F2.3 aperture). There is no optical stabilizer, single flash, LED.

I carefully analyzed the nature of the noise, the processing of frames by the built-in software and came to the conclusion that the Archos 50 Diamond has the same camera modules as the Innos D6000. The only difference is that in my sample D6000 the firmware was "unfinished", so the night shots looked different.

Here is an example of frames on Archos (left) and Innos (right)

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Conclusions on the Archos camera are similar to the conclusions on the Innos camera.

At the moment, images come out with accurate white balance, excellent dynamic range, good contrast, pleasing colors, nice bokeh, accurate and very fast autofocus.

In low light conditions, the picture comes out soapy and unsharp. The minimum shutter speed is 1/10, and automatic ISO = 1600; maximum shutter speed 1/10000, ISO=50.

The device shoots video in FullHD resolution at 30 fps, regardless of the lighting level. The image is sharp, smooth, but when moving it is very blurred (most likely, the low bitrate affects). The viewing angle is average. The sound is clear, loud and of high quality.

The front camera is relatively wide-angle at 27mm. It shoots well, I was especially pleased with the working out of contrast and white balance, selfies come out great. In low light, the “front camera” copes normally, but the picture comes out a little blurry. Interestingly, the selfie camera software sometimes sets the shutter speed even to 1/8 (that's why the frames are bright)! Video - HD.

An example of the operation of the A Better Camera application (left) and the regular program "Camera"

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The camera interface is very confusing, you have to look for the necessary functions in several sections. In addition, I repeat that half of the UI is in English, which will be inconvenient for some users.

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Sample photos

Performance

This model uses a chipset from the American company Qualcomm - Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) - this is the first eight-core processor that was introduced at MWC 2014.

Snapdragon chip is based on 28nm technology, ARMV8 instruction set, 4 ARM Cortex-A53 cores are clocked at 1.8GHz, and the other 4 cores are clocked at 1GHz. The graphics are Adreno 405 with support for DirectX 11.2, Open GL ES3.0 and displays with a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels.

The Archos 50 Diamond works smoothly, there were practically no glitches or brakes, and if they were noticed, it was extremely rare. Applications took a long time to launch, especially games. Probably using slow memory.

With games, not everything is clear. For example, in Unkilled and RealRacing frames dropped a little (about 17 FPS on average), and in Dead Trigger 2 the number of frames was sometimes higher than 50.

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Тесты производительности

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Программная платформа

Аппарат работает на ОС Google Android версии 4.4.4. Производитель обещал, что в скором времени выйдет «обнова» до Android Lollipop. Точные сроки не сообщаются.

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Мультимедиа

Музыкальный плеер стандартный. Громкость динамика средняя, качество чуть выше среднего, не хватает басовитых ноток.

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Громкость в наушниках высокая. Качество обычное для подобных устройств. Надо слушать. Мне понравилось. Радио присутствует.

Заключение

Смартфон произвел приятное впечатление – он симпатичный, яркий, компактный и удобный в обращении. Характеристики не вызвали у меня вопросов. Все, что нужно для комфортной работы, здесь есть: быстрый интернет, шустрый чипсет, емкая батарейка, хорошие экран и камеры. Другой вопрос – цена. Пока очень сложно воспринимать Б-бренды, стоимость которых выше 15 000 рублей. До кризиса данную модель можно было бы купить за 12 000 – 14 000 рублей, а сейчас приходится отдавать все 20 000. Поэтому конкурентов, к сожалению для Archos, очень много:

Meizu M1 Note. It costs about 14,000, you can find cheaper. The processor allows you to run any toys. There is a frequency limit for LTE, but, for example, MTS has no problems.

Meizu M2 Note. It costs 16,000 rubles. Slightly weaker processor, but everything else is about the level of Archos.

Xiaomi Mi4i. On average, it costs about 15,000 rubles. Approximately the same as Archos, only a 3100 mAh battery.

Highscreen Boost 3. It will be released in late October or early November at a price of 20,000 rubles. Cool in that it is equipped with a music processor and an amplifier. There are two batteries for 3000 mAh and 6000 mAh.

Innos D6000. It will appear officially in Russia in November at a price of 16,000 to 18,000 rubles. The parameters are similar to Archos, only there is no NFC, but the batteries have a total capacity of 6000 mAh, and the system is updated to 5.1.1 out of the box with a subsequent update to 6.0. In addition, it has 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini. It costs about 18,000 rubles. In fact, an analogue of Archos, but ZTE already works on Android 5.0, a 2900 mAh battery.

There are many more competitors, but they have a slightly larger screen size.

UPD: as of 03.11.2015, the price of the device has fallen significantly, and the initial cost is 14,000 rubles.

Review of the smartphone Archos 50 Diamond

This summer, the French company Archos has a curious smartphone called 50 Diamond. By the way, the series of devices from Archos are called quite original: Helium, Oxygen, Cesium, Xenon, Neon, Platinum, Titanium. It seems that the founder of the company received a higher education in chemistry :) I also remember the House in Kacyiru brand of Trium phones, where, apparently, the founder was fond of astronomy, since he named almost all his phones like this: Neptune, Sirius, Mars and, by the way, Galaxy (hello Samsung).

This summer, the French company Archos has a curious smartphone called 50 Diamond. By the way, the series of devices from Archos are called quite original: Helium, Oxygen, Cesium, Xenon, Neon, Platinum, Titanium. It seems that the founder of the company received a higher education in chemistry :) I still remember House in Kacyiru House in Kacyiru the brand of Trium phones, where, apparently, the founder was fond of astronomy, since he named almost all his phones like this: Neptune, Sirius, Mars and, by the way, Galaxy (hello Samsung).

A curious device because it has everything for a happy life on board: a 5-inch high-resolution IPS OGS screen, a smart chipset from Qualcomm, a 16 MP camera module, fast 4G Internet with support for all necessary frequencies, for fans of contactless payments built-in NFC. Now I would still have a minimum price, and here it is - the phone of my dreams. Unfortunately, with the current dollar and euro exchange rates, the cost of the Archos 50 Diamond is about 20,000 rubles. Two years ago, I would not have believed that the B-brand would cost so much ...

Design, dimensions, controls

As a rule, acid-colored gadgets are designed for young people, and usually this audience does not have large financial resources. Actually, that's why I made such a conclusion on the first impressions of the 50 Diamond: a cool bright smartphone, apparently with mediocre characteristics for 8,000 - 10,000 rubles. In fact, it turned out that the parameters are not the weakest, and the price for many will be biting.

The gadget really looks interesting. It is light, thin, narrow, lime-colored - in general, it stands out against the background of the same type of bricks. There is an option in black, but in almost all stores it is most often found in the color "Yellow".

The shape of the case is rectangular, elongated, the upper and lower ends are slightly rounded, the corners are sloping, the back surface is flat, but smoothly transitions to the side faces.

Almost the entire front part is occupied by the protective glass of the screen. Unfortunately, I couldn't find information about the material, most likely it's not Corning, but some kind of tempered glass. For a couple of weeks of use, not a single scratch appeared on the display, although I carried the device with other gadgets in my jacket pocket. There is an oleophobic coating, but not the best: prints quickly cover the glass surface, forming a slight light coating. Erased prints easily. The finger glides more or less well.

The lower insert on the front panel is made of plastic, painted in the same color as the rear panel. The side faces are made in the same way. Matte plastic, no texture. The Archos lies well in the hand, as the body is elongated and light, it does not slip.

The assembly is excellent: the case does not creak or crunch when squeezed. However, longer testing is needed to understand how the materials will behave.

In the top center of the front of the smartphone is the voice speaker. It has a high volume, excellent intelligibility, the interlocutor can be heard clearly, he hears you too without problems. Interference or extraneous noise was not observed. The timbre is pleasant: there are low frequencies, and high frequencies with medium ones. During a call, you can increase the volume a little more by clicking on the corresponding icon.

To the left of the speaker is a small indicator of battery charge and missed events, and to the right is a “selfie” camera, light and proximity sensors (they don’t glitch, they don’t slow down, the proximity sensor doesn’t flicker during a call).

Below the display are Android touch buttons. They are very thin, and the touch zone is narrow, so you have to accurately hit the buttons. There is a backlight, it is white, dim, but the characters are visible well. In the settings, you can choose the glow time. I advise you not to put "All". By the way, yes, the firmware is translated into Russian by about 50% -60%, that is, many menu items are in English.

Bottom - microUSB and main microphone, top - second microphone and 3.5 mm jack. On the left are the volume rocker and the power button. They are thin, narrow, slightly convex. The location of the backlight on / off button is not the best, in my opinion, since it is more convenient for right-handers to use it on the right. It seems to me that the designer was left-handed.

On the reverse side there is a camera eye protruding a millimeter above the body, a flash and a speaker grille at the bottom.

The back cover is easy to remove. On the back is the NFC antenna and its contacts. The battery is built into the phone, but it can theoretically be removed by removing a couple of screws from the top.

Above the battery: on the left - SIM1 with support for 2G/3G/4G, and next to it - a slot for a microSD memory card; on the right - SIM2 with support for 2G only.

Archos and Nexus 5

Archos and Meizu M1 Note

Display

This product uses a 5-inch screen. The physical size is 62x110 mm, the frame is 14 mm at the top, 22 mm at the bottom, and approximately 4.5 mm each on the right and left. There is an anti-reflective coating, which is quite effective.

The resolution of the Archos 50 Diamond display is FullHD, i.e. 1920x1080 pixels, the aspect ratio is 16:9, the density is 440 pixels per inch. IPS matrix without air gap.

The maximum brightness of white is 363 cd/m2, the maximum brightness of black is 0.47 cd/m2. Contrast - 770:1.

The white line is the goal we are trying to achieve. The yellow line (average of red, green, and blue) is the actual screen data. You can see that we are directly below the target curve, which means that at every value between 0 and 100 the image is a bit dark, especially at around 70 to 90% brightness.

The average gamma is 2.58. As the brightness increases, the gamma varies greatly from 2.17 to 4.19. That is, the picture will be brighter with deep blacks, but detail in the highlights will be lost.

Judging by the level graph, there is an excess of blue.

Temperature - about 7300 K.

According to the diagram, the received data does not exactly correspond to the sRGB triangle.

All gray points are placed outside the DeltaE=10 radius, which indicates that other shades of colors will be present in gray colors.

There is an NFC chip! The rest is standard for any Android smartphone: GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 with OTG support.

Memory and memory card

This uses 2 GB of RAM. Built-in Flash-memory 16 GB, about 10 GB is allocated for installing applications and storing data. Naturally, there is a slot for a memory card. According to official data, the device supports cards up to 128 GB.

The device has the Archos Fusion Storage feature. Its meaning is that your microSD card forms one storage along with the built-in memory. An extremely handy thing, especially when you need to install several large applications. Fusion Storage is located in the settings in the corresponding section. There is a small warning: if you decide to use this feature, then I do not recommend removing the microSD often, because now parts of applications can remain on it.

Cameras

Traditionally, there are two camera modules: 16 MP (OmniVision, F2.5 aperture) and 8 MP (F2.3 aperture). There is no optical stabilizer, single flash, LED.

I carefully analyzed the nature of the noise, the processing of frames by the built-in software and came to the conclusion that the Archos 50 Diamond has the same camera modules as the Innos D6000. The only difference is that in my sample D6000 the firmware was "unfinished", so the night shots looked different.

Here is an example of frames on Archos (left) and Innos (right)

Conclusions on the Archos camera are similar to the conclusions on the Innos camera.

At the moment, images come out with accurate white balance, excellent dynamic range, good contrast, pleasing colors, nice bokeh, accurate and very fast autofocus.

In low light conditions, the picture comes out soapy and unsharp. The minimum shutter speed is 1/10, and automatic ISO = 1600; maximum shutter speed 1/10000, ISO=50.

The device shoots video in FullHD resolution at 30 fps, regardless of the lighting level. The image is sharp, smooth, but when moving it is very blurred (most likely, the low bitrate affects). The viewing angle is average. The sound is clear, loud and of high quality.

The front camera is relatively wide-angle at 27mm. It shoots well, I was especially pleased with the working out of contrast and white balance, selfies come out great. In low light, the “front camera” copes normally, but the picture comes out a little blurry. Interestingly, the selfie camera software sometimes sets the shutter speed even to 1/8 (that's why the frames are bright)! Video - HD.

An example of the operation of the A Better Camera application (left) and the regular program "Camera"

The camera interface is very confusing, you have to look for the necessary functions in several sections. In addition, I repeat that half of the UI is in English, which will be inconvenient for some users.

Sample photos

Performance

This model uses a chipset from the American company Qualcomm - Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) - this is the first eight-core processor that was introduced at MWC 2014.

The Snapdragon chip is based on 28nm technology, the instruction set is ARMV8, 4 ARM Cortex-A53 cores are clocked at 1.8GHz, and the other 4 cores are clocked at 1GHz. The graphics are Adreno 405 with support for DirectX 11.2, Open GL ES3.0 and displays with a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels.

The Archos 50 Diamond works smoothly, there were practically no glitches or brakes, and if they were noticed, it was extremely rare. Applications took a long time to launch, especially games. Probably using slow memory.

With games, not everything is clear. For example, in Unkilled and RealRacing frames dropped a little (about 17 FPS on average), and in Dead Trigger 2 the number of frames was sometimes higher than 50.

Performance tests

Software platform

The device runs on Google Android version 4.4.4. The manufacturer promised that an "upgrade" to Android Lollipop would be released soon. The exact dates are not reported.

Multimedia

The music player is standard. The volume of the speaker is average, the quality is slightly above average, there are not enough bass notes.

The headphone volume is high. The quality is normal for such devices. We must listen. I like it. Radio present.

Conclusion

The smartphone made a good impression - it is cute, bright, compact and easy to use. Characteristics did not cause me questions. Everything you need for comfortable work is here: fast Internet, a smart chipset, a capacious battery, a good screen and cameras. Another issue is the price. So far, it is very difficult to perceive B-brands, the cost of which is higher than 15,000 rubles. Before the crisis, this model could be bought for 12,000 - 14,000 rubles, but now you have to pay all 20,000. Therefore, unfortunately for Archos, there are a lot of competitors:

Meizu M1 Note. It costs about 14,000, you can find cheaper. The processor allows you to run any toys. There is a frequency limit for LTE, but, for example, MTS has no problems.

Meizu M2 Note. It costs 16,000 rubles. Slightly weaker processor, but everything else is about the level of Archos.

Xiaomi Mi4i. On average, it costs about 15,000 rubles. Approximately the same as Archos, only a 3100 mAh battery.

Highscreen Boost 3. Will be released in late October or early November at a price of 20,000 rubles. Cool in that it is equipped with a music processor and an amplifier. There are two batteries for 3000 mAh and 6000 mAh.

Innos D6000. It will appear officially in Russia in November at a price of 16,000 to 18,000 rubles. The parameters are similar to Archos, only there is no NFC, but the batteries have a total capacity of 6000 mAh, and the system is updated to 5.1.1 out of the box with a subsequent update to 6.0. In addition, it has 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini. It costs about 18,000 rubles. In fact, an analogue of Archos, but ZTE already works on Android 5.0, a 2900 mAh battery.

There are many more competitors, but they have a slightly larger screen size.

UPD: as of 03.11.2015, the price of the device has fallen significantly, and the initial cost is 14,000 rubles.