Archos intros its first Windows Phone 8.1 handset, plus new Android devices
Called 40 Cesium, Archos’ first WP handset - pictured below - will be available starting September for just $99, obviously being an entry-level device. The Archos 40 Cesium will run Windows Phone 8.1, featuring a 4-inch display of unknown resolution, a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, and three colored back cases. The handset will directly compete with Microsoft's cheap Lumia 530.
On the Android front, Archos announced the 50b Platinum and 45c Platinum smartphones, plus the 101 Oxygen tablet, all running Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Archos 50b Platinum features a 5-inch IPS screen with 540 x 960 pixels, dual SIM capabilities, 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, 2 MP front-facing camera, a quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 1900 mAh battery. The 45c Platinum is a bit smaller, sporting a 4.5-inch IPS display with 480 x 854 pixels, but keeping most of the other features listed above. As for the 101 Oxygen slate, this offers a 10.1-inch 1080p display, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, and a quad-core processor - likely also a MediaTek unit.
Archos will launch the 50b Platinum and 45c Platinum smartphones in September (for $149 and $129, respectively), and the 101 Oxygen tablet in October (for $249). All new Archos devices will be showcased at IFA 2014 early next month.
source: Archos (PDF)
2. eman99 (Posts: 238; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)
They look like nexus 5 design and bait of sony
5. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
It is nice to see more Windows Phones being released for cheap. $99 is getting closer to being within striking distance for me. I'd rather have the one that BLU has announced for release soon since they will probably be made in Brazil rather than China, but this one at least has Qualcomm silicon in it.
8. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
China, Brazil. Who cares?? It's the same phone regardless. I wouldn't touch these with a barge pole anyway, pretty much sums all of 2014 as a whole for the phone industry.
13. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
Well, I don't have much choice. Its affordable or nothing for me. I do care about the labor used to produce the product, and which country I am sending money to by virtue of their involvement in providing labor and parts. I know that avoiding Chinese parts is nearly impossible at any pricepoint, but I just don't want to buy a product that has been made under sweatshop labor conditions, and China has too many facilities that fit this description, such as FoxConn. So, the intersection of non-Chinese-assembled phones and affordability is where I do my best to live in this market. I understand that labor conditions may not be much better in some other places, but I don't mind the investment of my labor-bound dollars in a place like Brazil, for example.
16. 13Elves (Posts: 92; Member since: 21 Feb 2014)
ur poor, u dont deserve a phone. go buy the 521 its peanuts now.
18. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
Thanks for your great judgement about my lack of deserving of a phone... lol!
Nobody ever 'deserves' anything.
As for the Lumia 521, well... its assembled in China at a FoxConn factory, so I will not be buying any time soon. I probably won't be buying anything anytime soon either way, anyway.
6. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2004; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Ugh!!.. These windows phones, don't impress me ,, think ima go back to android or apple..... Or maybe blackberry?
7. Liveitup (Posts: 1511; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Sweet, nice to see WP being so cheap, great OS that's inexpensive can only provide more choice for consumers. Good to see.
9. gazmatic (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
at that price... wp is the way to go...
android will lag forever on those specs
20. sgodsell (Posts: 1406; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Does the Moto E or Moto G. No it doesn't lag at all, and offers a great user experience at a low price. Gone are those days especially with KitKat and jelly bean.
11. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2004; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
BS aside, I'm looking into the BB passport
14. rajasasuke (Posts: 17; Member since: 19 Feb 2014)
Its nice to see growing support from oems few days back htc m8 w and now archos releasing windows phones at the same time with android
17. janno (Posts: 57; Member since: 19 Aug 2014)
I find these OEMs trying to get in on WP8 hilarious - when the WP market is on a decline, and Microsoft's Nokia owns like 90 percent of the WP market. That leaves like 0.3 percent of the smartphone market, for everyone else to share.
19. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Same could be said for Android. Why would developers make Android phones when Samsung is clearly the only OEM that is dominating the Android market? Point being, variety is a good thing. Windows Phone is like a middle ground of the smartphone OSes. It has the hardware variety of Android, but is a choesive experience akin to iOS. Simply put, it just works for some people. And the fact that Windows Phone can run smoothly on certain specs, that alone is enough for it to be a great entry level smartphone OS.