Perhaps afraid no one’s ever going to notice its gear at next month’s IFA, with high-profile product announcements from Samsung, Sony, Asus or Huawei in the cards, Archos decided to let the cat(s) out of the bag early, previewing a quartet of upcoming Android and Windows-powered gadgets.
Yes, that’s Android and Windows, as Archos just took the wraps off the company’s rookie efforts in the Microsoft-controlled landscape. A big chemistry buff, the French-based low-cost consumer electronics manufacturer baptized its first ever Windows Phone the 40 Cesium and its debut Windows 8.1 tablet the 80 Cesium.
Not sure about the connection between the two and the soft, silvery-gold chemical element after which they are named, but at least they won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Heck, you could probably buy both and your monthly gadget spending budget wouldn’t take a devastating hit, as the 4-inch handheld will start at $99 in September, and the 8-inch slate at $149 a month later.
Since the actual formal debut will take place in Berlin on September 5, the low-end phone/tablet pair is scarce on tech specifics, with an “ultra-clear” (yeah, right) 4-inch screen, quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor mentioned for the 40 Cesium, and quad-core Intel chip and 1,280 x 800 pix res display for the 80.
Meanwhile, the 50b Platinum and 101 Oxygen are a lot more ordinary for Archos, in that they run Android (4.4 KitKat), costing $129 and $249 respectively. Well, not yet, as their commercial launches are scheduled for September and October. With a 5-inch IPS display, quad-core processor, dual SIM support, 8 MP rear-facing camera (guess which one), and Full HD panel (!!!), 1.5 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage respectively.
Via [Archos PR]