Archos teases 40 Cesium debut Windows Phone among IFA arrivals

Archos teases 40 Cesium debut Windows Phone among IFA arrivalsIt's the week before a major technology show which means it's time for Archos to preview a gaggle of new mobile devices you've probably never heard of and almost certainly won't buy.

Well, that's how recent history has turned out anyway. Question is – can the French firm's pre-IFA 2014 vintage change that tune and make a lasting impact?

Maybe, maybe not, but with a bunch of budget Android smartphones, a £79 Windows Phone (pictured above) plus a few tablets on the way, it's worth taking a look.

Heading the smartphone challenge is the Archos 50b Platinum, which will be arriving in September for £119, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek processor, has 512MB of RAM, a 540 x 960-pixel resolution, 8MP/2MP cameras, a 1900mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.

Then there's the Archos 45c Platinum, which scales things back to a 4.5in 480 x 854 display and a 5MP main camera, and a reduced 1700mAh battery but otherwise shares the same headline specs. It'll also be available in September for £99.

The most interesting of the new arrivals is the Archos 40 Cesium, which finally sees Archos jumping into Windows Phone waters after years of hints and rumours.

With a price tag of just £79 it's right at the bottom of the food chain, where it'll be up against the Microsoft / Nokia Lumia 530 for entry-level Windows Phone 8.1 kudos.

You get just a 4in display, but Archos has shoehorned in a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor. The rest of the details are a bit vague, but it too will be on the shelves in September.

There's also a Windows tablet on the way – the Windows 8.1-based Archos 80 Cesium, which will be landing in October for £129 with an 8in 1280 x 800 IPS display and a quad-core Intel processor.

On the Android side, the Archos 101 Oxygen pushes up into the tablet mid-range with its quad-core Cortex-A17 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and 10.1in full HD display, all for £199. It too will be on the shelves in October.

Via GSMArena

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krogothnx  Aug. 27, 2014 at 17:27

Is it just me, or is IFA shaping up to have more phones than MWC?

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 27, 2014 at 20:39

Is it just me, or is IFA shaping up to have more phones than MWC? yeah, seems like it. Un/-relatedly: Huawei just gave MS and WP and Tizen the upstanding middlefinger... No Tizen support ("bound to fail") and no more Huawei WP devices...

mightyforest  Aug. 27, 2014 at 23:11

no great loss losing Huawei, not tried their windows phones but my g510 sucks big time, although it looks ok, maybe its just the android bit mmmm. Anyway dont think microsoft are bothered they have managed to get 12 new manufacturers on board now they offering wondows 8 out for free ( i believe)

tapi  Aug. 30, 2014 at 19:19

Re the Huawei: I believe it's an internal push by the Chinese to distance themselves from Microsoft, and ultimately all American software - so Chinese phones will no doubt be coming out with a custom Android Fork that will have nothing to do with Google. They've already got a Linux distro on the go.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2014 at 19:56

Re the Huawei: I believe it's an internal push by the Chinese to distance themselves from Microsoft, and ultimately all American software - so Chinese phones will no doubt be coming out with a custom Android Fork that will have nothing to do with Google. They've already got a Linux distro on the go.

true. cannot really blame them... all about p.o.v., I guess...

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