Archos Diamond Omega shines bright like a diamond! You may not have heard of Archos before, so let’s cover some background about this company. It is a French multinational electronics company that was established in 1988 by Henri Crohas.
Archos manufactures tablets, smartphones, portable media players and portable data storage devices.
With the Diamond Alpha, you can expect a good mid-range smartphone with a great dual 13 MP primary camera, good selfie camera and good performance to boot. Let us see, what else do we have here.
Features & Launch
- Announced: 12 October 2017
- Status: Unavailable.
- Available for Pre-order only.
- Network Technology: GSM / WCDMA / LTE
- 3G Support: Yes
- 4G Support: Yes
- GSM: 850 /900/1800/1900 MHz
- WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
- LTE: 800 /900/ 1800/ 2100/2600 MHz
- Number of SIM Card: Two (Nano)
- Dual SIM Support: Yes
- Dimensions: 147.5 mm x 72.7 mm x 8.5 mm
- Color: Blue, Black
- Weight: 170 g
- Type: IPS, Gorilla Glass, 2.5 D Glass touchscreen
- Size: 5.73-inch FHD
- Resolution: 2040×1080
- Pixel Density: – Pixel Per Inch
- OS: Android 7.1 Nougat
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
- Chipset: Octa Core 2.45 Ghz
- GPU: Adreno 540
- Card slot: No
- Internal: 128 GB, 8 GB RAM
- Primary: Dual Rear (23 MP + 12 MP)
- Secondary: Dual Front (5 MP + 5 MP)
- Flash: Yes, with LED Flash
- Yes, 802.11 b /g/n/ac, 2.4/ 5.0 GHz
- Bluetooth: 4.1
- Capacity: 3100 mAh Battery (Non-Removable)
- Standby Time: Up to 300 Hours
- Talk time: Up to 10 Hours
- Fast Charging: Yes
Having touched upon the front glass of the Archos Diamond Omega, we should address the unusual 17:9 aspect ratio. The taller display has clearly taken up some extra space up front but there is still arguably plenty of chin room left for Nubia’s signature round red home button and a pair of capacitive controls. Only, these are all gone from the Archos Diamond Omega. All you are left with is on-screen navigation.
There’s plenty of space above the screen too. The Archos has a pair of 5 MP selfie shooters to show for it and there is also a tiny notification LED, on the right side of the earpiece.
The curved edge of the screen continues into a chamfered edge of the metal frame of the phone. Overall, the sides of the handset are nicely rounded and pleasantly polished with enough space for a good, secure grip. Just like the back, however, you can never quite get it clean from fingerprints.
What Is More?
The glass/poly-carbonate back is similarly curved to match the front, but with an even glossier and more fingerprint-prone finish. It’s not the only reason we miss the metal on the back of the Z17 – the material used on the Archos has too much of a plastic feel.
Some people, favor poly-carbonate over metal exactly for its durability but we think the combination of glass and plastic would’ve only made sense in this particular case if the Archos phone offered wireless charging. With or without such charging though, it’s clear that this year glass backs are the trend and the manufacturer has been following suit.
As for the rear-mounted fingerprint reader, it is both conveniently positioned and really dependable and fast. No complaints there.
The Top & Bottom Details
There is nothing out of the ordinary at the top and bottom of the Archos Diamond Omega / Nubia Z17s either. The former is almost entirely blank, save for the pinhole of the secondary, noise-canceling mic and a pair of very subtle antenna strips.
These are mirrored at the bottom as well and are likely an insurance policy, more than a necessity, considering there’s no metal anymore to stand in the way of signal reception. They blend in well anyway with the general aesthetic.
The bottom houses a single speaker (sadly, no stereo) and a USB Type-C port.
A Familiar Dual-Camera Setup!
If we haven’t managed to convince you that Nubia hasn’t really changed much for this ultra-wide Nubia Z17 release, there is also the camera to consider. The Archos Diamond Omega uses the exact same dual setup: 12 MP, f/1.8 + 23 MP, f/2.0.
And you definitely won’t hear us complaining about it. Just like with the Z17, the duo of shooters is actually one of the highlights of the phone.
A 1/2.55″ sensor size and 1.4 um pixels are a strong foundation to build on. The Archos adds phase detection auto-focus, a dual-LED (dual tone) flash on top and the dual camera setup even allows for 2 x lossless zoom. OIS is a notable omission, though.
Simple, But Elegant Approach
Before we get into samples and quality, it is well worth praising Nubia for its excellent work on the camera app. A lot of the appeal that the Archos Diamond Omega and Z17 z holds as a camera phone, actually stems from software more than anything else.
Okay, to be perfectly frank, the interface could benefit from some more consistency. Perhaps, its high time Nubia finally used one single font for all the items in the right mode selector. Just a thought.
Other than that, it all looks deceptively simple. Besides a regular and Pro mode for still, you also get a dedicated video recorder UI with its own proper viewfinder, as well as a shortcut to Portrait mode. It allows for some nifty bokeh effects thanks to the two cameras. We kind of get why Nubia wanted it front and center, instead of buried another level down with the other advanced modes. By the way, that’s what the Camera Family button opens.
The titles of many of the options are really confusing. We’re not exactly sure what “Beauty Face in video calls” means, exactly and why the toggle resides within the camera app. Still, at least most of the issues with bad translations we had on the Z17 seem to be eradicated. Flipping through the modes in the main camera UI reveals some other confusing titles, but their meaning can be extrapolated fairly easily.
But, the so-called “Camera Family” is where the really interesting tricks reside. Multi Exposure, Light painting, and Slow Shutter are pretty self-explanatory, but not necessarily basic. The first, for instance, has exposure modes. The same mostly goes for Trajectory, Star Track and Clone Camera. They are more-or-less variations of the multiple exposure concept.
The Archos Diamond Omega can capture videos at up to 4K on the main camera and 1080p for the selfie one. Besides the standard 4K@30fps and 1080p@30fps, the phone also supports 1080p@60fps recording for smoother results.
Clips get saved in MP4 format, with an AVC video stream and 48 kHz, stereo AAC audio to go along. Bitrate is pretty respectable and keeps relatively stable at about 42 Mbps at 4K, 40 Mbps at 1080p@60fps and 20 Mbps in 1080p@30fps, respectively.
Despite some noise here and there, the 4K quality is definitely flagship-grade. Detail is great and even the colors look a bit more vibrant than on stills.
The Nubia Music player features a really polished UI. There are plenty of search and sorting interfaces to explore. Perhaps even a few too many. It will also automatically look for lyrics to display while playing the track, though it failed to find the words to some very popular tracks. Some of the automatic sorting and organization algorithms misbehave as well.
Some tracks don’t end up in the same artist category, despite having all their ID3 tags and getting properly placed within the same album. Automatic artwork download is also dodgy.
Just like the image gallery, the music player, included with the Archos lacks access to Nubia’s cloud music service. Granted, we had quite a few issues while trying to actually use it on the Nubia Z17, mostly of regional nature. It’s not a major loss, but still worth mentioning.
The Archos Diamond Omega doesn’t exactly impress with a massive battery capacity. Where the regular Nubia Z17 managed to cram in 3,200 mAh, the Z17 s has got a 3,100 mAh battery. This is really odd, considering the extra millimeter of depth the Z17s has over its predecessor.
Archos Diamond Omega VS Samsung S5
Both phones are quite similar but they weigh different. Furthermore, Archos diamond omega is beautiful and more appealing than Samsung S5. Whereas, Samsung S5 has a plastic body where as Archos omega has a glass body.
From the above list Archos omega is the most attractive phone of all.
Archos Diamond Omega Drawbacks
Archos Diamond Omega does not have an expandable memory via card slot , It has a big weight to carry , It does not present 3.5 mm jack , It does not have Infrared , It does not offer FM Radio , It does not have Java , It comes with only one color and it does not have Temperature sensor or Barometer
Buying Points For All
Archos Diamond Omega might be an unknown smartphone, but it will do everything it can to burst into the international scene. Such amazing specs for such an amazing price. Large 5.73-inch Full HD, IPS screen, beautiful metal glass body, high-end hardware with 8 GB RAM, amazing four cameras, great audio and large 128 GB internal storage. It will give other smartphones a run for their money.