ARCHOS Diamond Alpha Plus Review

6GB RAM + 128GB ROM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 652

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ARCHOS Diamond Alpha Plus (Alpha +) is the latest flagship of ARCHOS. It’s an upgrade version of Diamond Alpha which comes with 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor. Now, let’s take a look at it.

Design / Display / Camera

The ARCHOS Diamond Alpha Plus has the same appearance with its predecessor, the Diamond Alpha, which in its essence is a rebranded nubia Z17 Mini Standard Edition. It’s carved in a unique metal unibody, providing it with a seamless appearance, which fit perfectly in your palm. On the front, there is a 5.2-inch IPS FHD touchscreen with a 424 PPI pixel density and resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Upper the screen, there is an ear speaker alongside a 16-megapixel selfie camera with an f stop of 2.2. The home, menu and back keys are located underneath the screen. The home button is a red ring that glows when you have a notification. And the menu and back keys are two configurable red dots.

Looking around the phone on the top, there is a 3.5mm audio jack and a microphone hole. On the bottom are two speaker grills, the right of which contains a mono speaker, and the USB type-c port. To the left is a little SIM card tray which contains a dual SIM setup or a micro SD card slot plus a single SIM setup. While to the right, there is a volume rocker and a power switch.

Around the back are the Sony dual 13-megapixel autofocus cameras with an LED flash. The camera of Alpha Plus features a 1.25-micrometre pixel size, geo-tagging, touch Focus, face detection, HDR service and panoramic function. It can also capture video in 4K @ 30fps. The fingerprint reader is set on the middle of the rear cover.

Hardware & Performance

Although the appearance of Alpha Plus looks identical to the Alpha, it has a great upgrade inside it. The ARCHOS Diamond Alpha Plus comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 octa-core processor, backed by an Adreno 510 GPU and 6GB of RAM. This allows it to handle day-to-day tasks or even multi heavy tasks with ease and comfort. As for storage, the Alpha Plus offers 128GB of ROM and with the expandable storage reaching 256GB, which is definitely enough for you.

Benchmark peformance with Antutu and Geekbench:

ARCHOS Diamond Alpha Plus antutu
ARCHOS Diamond Alpha Plus geekbench

On the software side, it might be a little disappointing as the phone is running Android 6.0 marshmallow instead of the expected Android 7.0 Nougat. But it’s actually a customized edition of Nubia UI 4.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Thus, it’s good. It finds a balance between flatness and depth. Split screen, application-cloning and the Super Screenshot are some of all the incredible functions of the Nubia UI 4.0.

Battery

The battery of the ARCHOS Diamond Alpha Plus is still a 2950mAh non-removable battery. But battery life is respectable, with a full day’s use offered by each charge.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 octa-core processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB ROM
  • Dual rear camera
Cons

  • Android 6.0 marshmallow
  • Only champagne gold color

Pricing

The ARCHOS Diamond Alpha Plus is available at GearBest right now at $319.99 thanks to flash sale campaign. This price is reasonable for such configurations. But for color options, it’s only available in champagne gold. For more information about this handset, please visit the following link.

 


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