The Windows mobile operating system has been around for a good while now, but it hasn’t exactly been used by a diverse array of devices, often favouring Nokia or Microsoft handsets. But now it seems Archos is jumping on the Windows 10 bandwagon, after it announced a smartphone running the system.
It seems that Archos is playing the field as well, with two other handsets also on the way, giving the French manufacturer quite a presence at IFA in September, where all the phones will be on show.
One of the very first Windows 10 smartphones to be officially announced, the Archos 50 Cesium sports a distinct low/mid-range feel.
It features a 5” 720p display, 1GB RAM and a Snapdragon 210 chipset, so you won’t really be wowing your friends with the power behind the scenes. On top of this we also get 8GB of expandable storage to play with, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a quad-core processor, providing a solid experience all-round, albeit one which won’t relate well if you’re used to flagship quality.
However, it definitely does well in the style department, so even though it might not perform like a powerhouse handset, it will at least look the part.
Lucky for you Windows 10 haters out there, Archos is also producing a smartphone with an identical spec sheet to the Cesium, only running the latest version of Android instead. This means that you can avoid the new Microsoft styled OS if you really want, instead rocking Android 5.1 Lollipop if that’s more your kind of style.
Named the Archos 50e Helium, you’ll get all the same internals as with the Cesium, so performance won’t be any different, you’ll just be met with a different UI.
Both versions of the phone are due to be released in November for £99 sim-free, and both will also be on show at IFA in Berlin at the start of September.
Want something that packs a bit more power? Well Archos is offering a third phone which does pack more of a punch behind the scenes, named the Archos Diamond S.
It packs the same 5” 720p display as the two less pricey phones, but does offer a stronger MediaTek chipset, octa-core processor and 2GB RAM, whilst the storage ups to 16GB. The Android Lollipop handset also stakes a claim on a 16 megapixel rear camera and an 8 megapixel selfie snapper, making it more powerful all-round.
The Diamond S costs £159 sim-free, which seems to be well worth the improvement in specs, and will also be released this November, so you won’t have to wait any longer for it either.
Written by Luke Hatfield