Archos aims for music lovers with the dual-core 40B Titanium

The Archos 40B Titanium may not have the most high-end features, but dual speakers promise a tuneful listening experience.

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The most entry-level of Archos's new Mobile World Congress smartphones, the 40B Titanium still makes a strong play for music fans. Archos promises that an "enhanced audio system" (we'll see what that really means) and dual front facing speakers will produce excellent sound for your tunes. On the other hand, Archos didn't spill details on whether the Titanium will have have a more robust music player than the standard Android app. In any case, you'll be able to download a ton of tracks from the Google Play store.

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The handset's other features are scaled down from Archos's other new Mobile World Congress smartphones, the more powerful 64 Xenon and Archos 50C Oxygen. It runs Android 4.2 KitKat, which is getting longer in the tooth every day, but the Mediatek MT6572 dual-core 1.3GHz processor is respectable for a smartphone of this caliber. You'll also find a 4-inch IPS display with a 800x480pixel resolution, 4GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, HSPA+, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 1400mAh battery. The main camera has a 5-megapixel resolution and the front shooter is VGA.

The Titanium will sell for £99.99 ($165) though Archos has yet to announce when it will release the phone and where it will go first. We'll be able to tell you more when we get our hands on the handset at Mobile Wold Congress.