The smartphone market is currently dominated by iPhones and Android, but Microsoft hopes it can finally challenge this with help from Windows 10. But Archos wants to play it safe by offering cheap smartphones that can run either Android or Windows 10.
Archos isn’t exactly the most notorious phone maker out there, but the company does manage to get some decent sales nonetheless for its reach. And now the French company hopes it can convince customers to opt either for an Android-powered or a Windows 10 smartphone.
Archos has announced the 50 Cesium smartphone powered by Windows 10 Mobile and Archos 50e Helium which runs the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop version. Archos CEO Loic Poirer said the following regarding the release:
“By providing a choice between two almost identical hardware models, we allow the customer to focus on what they like on the inside: the user interface”
Android or Windows 10 – what would you run on your smartphone?
Both handsets feature identical specs, the single difference being the OS that they are running. The Archos 50 will go on sale in November, priced at €119 ($136) in Europe and £99 GBP ($155) in the UK. Let’s have a look at the main specs and features of the smartphones:
- 5-inch, 1280 x 720 pixels resolution
- 4G LTE
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 CPU running at 1.1 GHz with an Adreno 304 GPU
- 1GB of RAM and 8 GB of onboard storage
- 2 and 8 megapixel cameras
- Bluetooth 4.0, Dual-SIM support
- 2100mAh battery
- 147 x 72.5 x 8.5mm
The Archos 50 Cesium and 50e Helium will be on display at IFA in Berlin next month. At the moment we aren’t aware of other differences between the two devices, but if there are, we will updated the article accordingly.