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Archos offers choice of Android or Windows 10 with new smartphones

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Archos has announced two new smartphones with one major differentiating factor: do you want Android or Windows 10?

The Archos 50 Cesium and Archos 50e Helium are essentially the same entry-level smartphone.

Both have 5-inch 720p IPS displays, 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 200 processors with 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel cameras, 8GB of storage with microSD support, and 2,100mAh batteries. All the same.

The two phones (which also look identical) will even have the same £99 cost when they hit the UK in November.

The sole difference between the two is the operating system you choose to run on them. The Archos 50 Cesium runs on Windows 10, while the Archos 50e Helium runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop.

"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," explains Archos CEO Loic Poirier. "Android and Windows are both fantastic and provide varied software experiences."

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We're expecting quite a few manufacturers - particular smaller ones like Archos - to hedge their bets in this way, with the entry-level Android market saturated and Microsoft's next big mobile push just around the corner.

Both the Archos 50 Cesium and the Archos 50e Helium will be on display at IFA 2015 starting next Friday.

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Tom

August 26, 2015, 12:51 pm

Interesting idea, although if they had gone the whole hog and offered a dual boot option that would've been even better! Windows does look a very nice OS but Android just has so many more apps at the moment that having the option to switch between the two as and when you want would be the best option IMO

toboev

August 27, 2015, 11:38 am

It will be interesting to see which OS is the more efficient, given the same mechanicals.

keithjan81

January 20, 2016, 9:17 am

Windows 10 Mobile version of the handset is now available at Argos UK for £80 sim free vs approx cheapest 640 Dual Sim (new) £125/130 in the UK

Bush handset vs Lumia 640 Dual sim (NonXL version):

5MP selfie cam compared to 1MP

16GB phone storage and MicroSD compared to 8GB phone storage and MicroSD

Extra phone shell cover in white, plus clear phone cover and screenprotector

Slightly smaller battery

Slightly heavier

£80 sim free vs approx cheapest 640 Dual Sim (new) £125/130 in the UK

Similarities:

Up to 4G

About same size dimensions

So for the price this is a decent spec and priced handset, which should run Window 10 Mobile perfectly fine.

P.S - Windows store has plenty of apps - like all mobile platforms it
boils down to the ones that are important and vital to you in your daily
usage.

keithjan81

January 20, 2016, 9:19 am

Its called the Bush Eluma but is basically the Archos 50e Helium, Archos and Argos must have came to an arrangement to brand it using Argos and its parent owned brand Bush

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