It’s been more than a month and a half since Microsoft released its highly anticipated new pocket-friendly OS to manufacturing, and sadly, you can still count the number of devices powered by Windows 10 Mobile on one hand.
You have your high-end Lumia 950 and 950 XL, plus the entry-level Lumia 550. That’s it, at least for now, and at least stateside, with the Acer Liquid Jade Primo and Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL also coming soon, a bunch of updates for WP8.1-stuck Lumias locked and loaded, and the low-key Archos 50 Cesium up for grabs on (certain) European shores.
No, the low to mid-end 5-incher didn’t just go official at CES 2016, alongside those four fresh Android-based budget soldiers from Archos. It was actually unveiled way back at IFA 2015 in Berlin last summer, but ultimately delayed due to W10M’s last-minute pre-release struggles with stability.
Hopefully, major glitches are now a thing of the past, and folks residing in the UK and France can trust they’ll be shipped reliable, silky smooth 50 Cesium units directly by the manufacturer. The £/€100 unlocked price seems mostly fair, considering the brand new software and average hardware you’re getting, including a 720p screen, quad-core Snapdragon 210 chip, 1GB RAM, expandable 8GB storage, 8 and 2MP cameras, and 2,100 mAh battery.
In the US, when (or rather if) the Archos 50 Cesium goes on sale, it should cost around $100, and be offered through Microsoft’s own e-store as well, as is the case with BLU Windows Phones.