IFA 2016 is about to kickoff and companies are already beginning to tease products they will be showing off at one of the world’s biggest tech exhibits. French brand, Archos, has already unveiled their line of affordable, entry-level Android smartphones in their Helium line and has just recently announced a rugged looking device to be featured along side them: The Archos 50 Saphir. The 50 Saphir has an IP68 Certification for Water and Dust Resistance, which means it can survive a thorough soaking for up to 30 minutes at a maximum depth of 1 meter, and has a 5000mAh battery.
Powering the 5-inch smartphone will have a 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6737 quadcore processor paired with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable storage with a 13-megapixel main shooter and 5-megapixel front camera. Despite its rugged looks and IP68 certification, our sources mention that the 50 Saphir is only guaranteed to withstand drops from a meter high.
Though its specs may not impressive on paper, the Archos 50 Saphir is said to only retail for $220 or Php 10202 (with a few adjustments if it does make its way here, of course) and may find a niche crowd for people who like to escape from the urban jungle from time to time and don’t want to take their flagship smartphones while out in the wild or for people who often find themselves caught in the rain on days like these.