French electronics company Archos has released dozens of low-cost Android tablets over the past few years. Now the company’s launching its first budget Windows tablet.

The company unveiled plans to launch an 8 inch Windows tablet called the Archos 80 Cesium this summer. It’s not available for purchase yet, but Archos has posted more details about the Archos 80 Cesium on its website.

archos 80 cesium

The tablet features an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, an Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.

It has a microSD card slot for up to 128GB of removable storage, features a 2MP rear camera and 0.3Mp front-facing camera, a 4000mAh battery, WiFi and Bluetooth and a micro HDMI port.

Like many other small Windows tablets, the Archos 80 Cesium comes with a 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 which means you can run Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and other Office apps and use up to 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage.

When Archos first introduced the tablet in August the company said it’d be coming soon for $149. But now that HP, Toshiba, and a number of other companies offer Windows tablets for $100 (or less), I wouldn’t be surprised if Archos decides to cuts the price a bit before selling the Archos 80 Cesium.

via TabTech

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11 replies on “Archos 80 Cesium is a low-cost Windows tablet”

  1. Pain and neglect…now for Windows users!
    Archos is equal opportunity.

  2. I’m not sure if the company is losing money on the deal, but WinBook is killing it in the cheap windows tablet market. The 7 and 8 inch tablets have a micro HDMI port and a full sized USB port, which aren’t very common in the $100-ish price range. The 10 inch also has them, but that’s a bit more common to see.

    The build quality is also really good.

    1. I hear the WinBooks are good cheap tablets, but where can you get one? It seems like the main way to get that price is at a physical MicroCenter store? There are MicroCenter stores in only 16 states in the U.S. so it’s not that easy to pick up one of these for a lot of people. Are there any online stores selling at this low price? The ones I have seen are selling them at around $130, which to me defeats the whole reason of getting a tablet like this unless you really value that full sized USB port and HDMI. I’d prefer 2GB of RAM at that price.

      1. Yep, they are sold in store only. I’m not sure why they don’t ship them, unless they hope people will buy other things while in the store.

    1. I guess 1GB of RAM is what brings these tablets down to $99? I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but most of these cheap tablets unfortunately seem to come with only 1GB RAM these days.

      For what it’s worth Windows 8.1 runs okay on 1GB. The problem comes when you attempt to run more than 1 desktop app at the same time or install desktop apps that run in the background. If you use this as a tablet and stick to the Modern UI and Windows Store Apps I’ve found it to perform as well as a comparable costing Android tablet.

      1. The Problem however is that most people already own either Android or iOS devices and the value proposition to switch ecosystems to a Windows Tablet more often than not only tips in favor of the Window device because of the legacy desktop support. If these things can’t handle Desktop Multitasking at least as well as low-end Laptops, getting them over similarly priced Android Tablets just isn’t worth the hassle of rebuying apps or finding replacements for most people.

        1. There are 8″ windows tablets with more ram. The point of a dirt cheap tablet is that it’s dirt cheap. Not everyone is trapped inside an “ecosystem” (i.e. walled garden), the selling point of something cheap is that it’s cheap.

          X86 compatibility is still useful even if you’re not able to do power multitasking. It wasn’t that long ago that 1gb was standard for desktops, and windows memory usage has gone down since the days of vista.

  3. Sorry Archos, but this will have to cost $49 or less for me to be interested, especially with only 16gb of internal.. What would that even leave after windows os

    1. From what I’ve seen, it leaves about 9GB of free space, since it’s using WIMBoot. There are so many tablets running these exact specs for $100ish, I don’t understand what would possibly differentiate this tablet from similar priced tablets from the big OEMs. (Picked up an HP Stream 7 from OfficeDepot for $79 dollars today. Same specs, except 32GB of space)

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