Ever since Microsoft released details of the 8.1 OS update it has been possible for OEMS to not only install Windows Phone onto existing Android handsets (as has happened with the HTC One M8), but it has also ensured that budget phones can be produced as the fees to use the OS are drastically reduced. In Blighty we never get to see many of the cheap devices released into emerging markets. Archos look set to buck that trend. In a statement issued in advance of the IFA show in Berlin next week, details of the Archos 40 Cesium were revealed:
“The powerful and affordable smartphone features Windows Phone 8.1 operating system and enjoys an ultra-clear 4-inch screen. Available in September for only $99, the ARCHOS 40 Cesium is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad Core processor and comes with three coloured back cases, yellow, blue and black.”
Hardly anything to set the world alight, but given that it’ll be priced competitively at around £79 what’s to argue with?
Also released was the Archos 80 Cesium:
“An 8-inch IPS screen with 1280×800 resolution and is run by an Intel Quad Core processor. Available in October for only $149, ARCHOS 80 Cesium perfectly blends quality and affordability, and replicates the user experience of your desktop on the go.”
This seemingly runs the full version of Windows 8.1 and can be yours for a mere £129.
Cheap as chips and only moderately tastier!