Archos reveals its $99 Windows Phone, the 40 Cesium

Earlier this year, French manufacturer Archos hinted that it was considering launching its first Windows Phone, saying that it would do so "when the time is right". Apparently, the time is right now, as the company has announced its new 40 Cesium Windows Phone 8.1 device, and it comes with a remarkably small price tag. 

Like many companies that are launching their first Windows Phones this year, Archos is targeting the lower end of the market with its début device.

The 40 Cesium comes with an "ultra-clear 4-inch" display and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset, and will be available with three colour cases: black, blue and yellow. Notably, the device also includes hardware buttons on the front; some other manufacturers have relocated the Back, Start and Search buttons to be shown on-screen instead. 

Full specs have not yet been announced - the company will offer more information on the new handset when it is shown at next month's IFA trade show in Berlin. The company has, however, revealed how much the device will cost, and it's good news for buyers on a budget - the 40 Cesium will go on sale in September for just $99 USD, £79 GBP or €79 EUR off-contract. 

That price will put it head-to-head with Microsoft's latest entry-level device, the Lumia 530, which also features a quad-core Snapdragon 200 and 4-inch display.

Source: Archos (PDF) via CNET | image via Archos 

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If I'd have had a choice between this and the 520 I would have bought this just for the Flash which the Lumia lacks making dark or night time shots a waste of time on the 520

More low-end WPs to flood the market with, no doubt they saw the success Nokia had with the 520 and want to go after that, all OEMs, specially the EU ones where WP is doing well.

Reality check: Android and iOS phones combined for 96.4 percent of the phones shipped last quarter.

The Windows Phone market share is actually declining. Most folks aren't interested in a dead-end app ecosystem. I don't blame them.

Edited by COKid, Aug 27 2014, 11:38am :

Honestly it seems like a good idea to start with the low-end phones, considering how well WP runs on these devices compared to Android which does not have the best reputation with low-spec phones.

If WP can get a foothold in the low end market, potentially sucking up newer smartphone users, they can build a user-base and a presence in the market, and build towards a bigger share and for more people to consider WP phones, beyond the current abundance of Android phones in both Low and high end markets, and iPhones.

*shrug*

COKid said,
Troll alert: Android and iOS phones combined for 96.4 percent of the phones shipped last quarter.

The Windows Phone market share is actually declining. Most folks aren't interested in a dead-end app ecosystem. I don't blame them.

FTFY

COKid said,
Reality check: Android and iOS phones combined for 96.4 percent of the phones shipped last quarter.

The Windows Phone market share is actually declining. Most folks aren't interested in a dead-end app ecosystem. I don't blame them.

The app situation has improved tremendously, the problem is clueless sales representatives who keep steering people towards iOS and Android. You go to a store and ask for a Lumia device and the rep wants to sell you an S5, even though you specifically asked for a Lumia you saw on tv. If its being badmouthed by the "experts" , and I use that term loosely, how will anyone give it a chance. It's a crappy situation.

As the above mentioned, everything has improved. WP has a perception problem, and honestly sometimes I think these low end devices are being marketed towards the wrong people. These devices are really marketed towards those the might go otherwise to the cheapo outdated Android devices. If you looked at most of the carriers they sell sub $99 off contract Androids which are in some cases still running 2.3. My parents fell for this, and now not only can they not run the latest apps in some cases, they can't update the OS. WP on a low end device is your best bang for the buck, because of how it runs and it runs the latest OS.
Sales Reps at the stores don't see it this way, they will try to upsale you to an iPhone because of its solid reputation, or in some cases the cheaper Androids because of the perception. Many Ill bet haven't actually toyed with WP.

I have to disagree: it's not only (!) a perception problem. it's also about the app situation. e.g. here in germany major apps i would like to use (public transportation, banking, etc.) are just not there. and furthermore: it's also a problem regarding feature. e.g. cortana is just not available for germany. and i highly dought it will be in the next months. especially if you have a look at the bing-quality here in germany where cortana is based on.

currently i'm looking for a replacement for my 2 year old lumia 920. and i strongly tending to take an android-based sony xperia z2/z3. the only real option i have for windows phone is the 930. and it's just too big and heavy (in relation to screen size). so, i really don't know what to choose even as a big windows phone fan.

tough times for the platform...

Shouldn't be long for Cortana mate - I used the Dev Preview on my 920 and thought it was good, then took the plunge and went for a 930 2 weeks ago. The 930 is lighter than the 920 but quite a bit, can't say I've noticed it's slightly larger screen. Cortana just came to the UK a week ago and it's worth the wait - I'd hold out and go for the 930.
App ecosystem in the UK sounds to be a lot better than Germany. Banking and transport apps are around... On a side note, for public transport why aren't you using HERE Transit?

COKid said,
Reality check: Android and iOS phones combined for 96.4 percent of the phones shipped last quarter.

The Windows Phone market share is actually declining. Most folks aren't interested in a dead-end app ecosystem. I don't blame them.

reality check. windows phone has been the fastest growing mobile os the past year and a half. a quarter where they shipped less phones and all of a sudden windows phone is dying? lmao. if you actually check the statistics, web usage actually increased substantially in the same time frame.

not only was nokia in the process of being acquired by Microsoft, but they were too busy releasing pieces of junk like the nokia X.

look at all the phones that are being this and next quarter. there is a tremendous amount of windows phone devices being released, coupled with the 530, 930, there is no doubt that there will be huge marketshare gains. then all you guys can go back hiding under a rock until another odd quarter when shipments drop, that's when we'll see you again.

yes all these idiots here seem to forget how android claimed its large marketshare, from cheap crappy devices. There will be an uptick for the rest of the year for WP as there are now a steady amount of phones being released. Also expect new Microsoft devices around octoberish as wp8.1.2 is released.