Set for release in November, the budget-priced Windows 10 smartphone was announced alongside the Archos 50e Helium, which is essentially the same hardware running 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," said Archos CEO Loic Poirer.
The twin devices are both 5-inch, 4G LTE quad-core devices with specs that will make early adopters feel like they've been transported back to 2013. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 CPU running at 1.1 GHz with an Adreno 304 GPU, a single gig of RAM and 8 GB of onboard storage.
The display isn't much to crow about either, with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels in an IPS screen capable of 294 pixels per inch. Front and rear cameras are also middling at 2 and 8 megapixels, respectively.
Archos is clearly hoping that these underwhelming specs will be overlooked by consumers far more interested in another key figure, the price. For only £99 (US$153), it's a pretty affordable dual-sim phone offering an early opportunity to play around with Windows 10 and Microsoft's increasingly powerful Cortana personal assistant on a phone.
Both the Archos 50 Cesium and 50e Helium will be on display at IFA in Berlin next month and on sale in November.
Source: Archos (PDF)
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