World’s First Side Notch Smartphone Launched
American smartphone manufacturer, Essential launched the Essential PH-1 in the year 2017. It is one of the world’s first smartphone to have a notch display which was soon followed the iPhone X. Even though Apple iPhone X was not the first smartphone to have this feature, prominently it is the device that kick started the whole notch trend. Archos, a French company has launched the world’s first smartphone with a side notch. Unlike smartphones with conventional notch displays, the Archos Oxygen 68XL has a small notch on the top right side that houses the selfie camera.
The Archos Oxygen 68XL due to its lateral notch has a distinctive design. The front of the smartphone accommodates a 6.85-inch display with HD+ resolution and pixel density of 218 ppi. The device with its 173.5 x 81.5 x 8.9 mm dimensions has a hefty build and it tips the scale at 214 grams. The rear of the smartphone has a glossy glass panel that houses the fingerprint sensor, company branding and vertically aligned dual camera setup.
Under the hood, the Archos Oxygen 68XL features the Helio P22 SoC which is manufactured using 12 nm fabrication process. The chipset is comprised of the PowerVR GE8320 GPU and an Octa-Core CPU. In terms of memory and storage, it has 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 32 GB of inbuilt storage which is further expandable via a microSD card. The smartphone is powered by a mammoth 5,000 mAh battery and runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie.
The dual rear camera setup of the Archos Oxygen 68XL is comprised of an 8 MP + VGA sensor along with an LED flash. The front facing selfie camera uses a sensor with 5 MP resolution. Connectivity options on the smartphone include 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Dual 4G VoLTE, 3.5 mm jack and bottom mounted Micro-USB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer.
Archos Oxygen 68XL Price and Availability
The Archos Oxygen 68XL is priced aggressively and it costs € 149 (around Rs 12,000). The device will be showcased at the upcoming MWC 2019 which is scheduled for 25-28 February. It will be available for purchase in the month of May this year.