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Archos 50 Cesium and Archos 50e Helium give you the choice of Windows or Android for a low price

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This is the Archos 50e Helium, running Android

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If you can't decide between a Windows phone or an Android phone, then take a look at the new Archos 50 Cesium and Archos 50e Helium. They're basically the same 4G LTE smartphone with a choice of either Windows or Android software, for just £99 or 130 euros.

That's the price for Europe, where the phone will be on sale in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and the Netherlands in November. International release details are yet to be confirmed, but if it does go on sale elsewhere that UK price converts to around $155 or AU$215.

The Archos 50 Cesium runs the colourful squares of Windows 10, while the 50e Helium runs the app-tastic Android 5.1 Lollipop. Choose the Windows-powered Cesium, and you'll get a phone with an easy to use interface and apps that work across all your Windows computers and other devices. Choose the Android-powered Helium, and you'll have access to the well established catalogue of Android apps.

The Windows-powered Archos 50 Cesium

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The software may be different, but the hardware is the same. Both phones are 8.5mm thick with 5-inch screens. Their respective screens show your movies and games in 720p high-definition screens, packing in 294 pixels per inch.

Each is powered by a quad-core 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, supported by a meagre 1GB of RAM. They come with 8GB of storage for the software and your photos, movies and music. You can also add a microSD for up to 32GB of additional space. The battery is a 2,100mAh power pack.

On the back is an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, and on the front is a 2-megapixel camera for video chat. It has the usual 3.5mm headphone jack and microUSB charger socket so you can charge it using any non-Apple phone charger.

The pair of 50 phones debut alongside the higher-specced Archos Diamond S . All the new phones will be on show at next week's annual technology trade show IFA, where we'll give them a poke and a prod and update you with our first impressions.

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Where to Buy

Archos 50e Helium

Part Number: 50e Helium

Typical Price: $216.00

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Quick Specifications

  • Diagonal Size 5.0 in