Bargain device maker Archos this week confirmed that it will be releasing low-cost Windows-based smart phones and tablets for this holiday season. The devices will be unveiled at the IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin, which starts next Friday, September 5.
Archos is also announcing new Android-based devices at the show, but I'll focus on the Windows stuff.
"Our upcoming line-up of consumer products delivers amazing performance, superior design and impressive affordability," says Archos CEO Loic Poirier. "We are committed to making technology universally available and are proud to shape the market by providing high quality, yet attainable devices."
Since releasing the first Windows 7-based tablet, the Archos 9 PC, in 2009, Archos has been quiet on the Windows front. But with this year's "zero dollar" Windows/Windows Phone licensing making Microsoft's mobile platforms more affordable than ever, the firm is jumping right back in. And at IFA next week, it will unveil the following two products:
Archos 40 Cesium Smartphone
Described as a "powerful and affordable smartphone," the Archos 40 Cesium runs Windows Phone 8.1, provides an "ultra-clear" 4-inch screen and will cost only $99 when it becomes available in September. It is powered by a low-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad core processor and can be had in three colored back cases: yellow, blue and black.
Archos 80 Cesium Tablet
Describe as "the ideal Windows 8.1 tablet," the Archos 80 Cesium Tablet provides an 8-inch IPS screen with 1280 x 800 resolution and is powered by an Intel quad core processor. It will ship in October and will cost just $150. "The Archos 80 Cesium perfectly blends quality and affordability, and replicates the user experience of your desktop on the go," the company notes.
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