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Archos Unveils The Oxygen 68XL, The First Smartphone With A Side-Notch

On: February 22, 2019

The Essential PH-1 was the first smartphone with a notch launched back in 2017. And then Apple made the notch trend popular by launching the iPhone X. Since, then many smartphone OEM’s have come up with different approaches to bezel-less smartphones, such as waterdrop notch, punch-hole (Galaxy S10), and pop out sliders (Vivo V15 Pro) that offer greater screen-to-body ratio.

Now, a French electronics manufacturer, Archos has launched the world’s first smartphone with a side-notch display, the Oxygen 68XL. Let’s take a look at the device below:

Technical Specifications:

The Archos Oxygen 68XL features a large 6.85-inch display bearing HD+ resolution. As seen in the image, the device features a small notch on the top right corner that houses a selfie camera. There are also thickish bezels on the top and bottom. On the rear, smartphone sports a glossy panel with a fingerprint scanner and a vertically stacked dual camera setup. The rear camera module comprises of an 8MP primary camera with a VGA sensor accompanied by LED flash. Upfront, the device is fitted with a 5MP snapper for selfies.

On the hardware front, the Oxygen 68XL is equipped with a Helio P22 processor paired with a PowerVR GE8320 GPU. It packs 3GB RAM and offers 32GB internal memory expandable via a microSD card. In terms of software, the smartphone runs the latest Android 9.0 Pie OS out of the box.

The Oxygen 68XL draws its power from a mammoth 5,000mAh battery unit. On the connectivity front, the device has a 3.5mm headphone jack and a micro-USB 2.0 port. For networking, the Oxygen 68XL offers Dual 4G VoLTE connectivity as well as  Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Pricing & Availability:

The Archos Oxygen 68XL is priced at €149 (~Rs 12,028) and will be available to purchase from May this year. The smartphone will also be showcased at the upcoming MWC that begins next week.

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Viraj Gawde

Viraj loves being in the creative field. Being a tech guy and resident tech advisor for his friends and family, his interest lies in smartphones, laptops and cameras. Passionate about creating art, his forte lies in photography. In his downtime, he loves gaming on his self-built rig and supporting FC Barcelona.