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Archos 80 Cesium sports tiny bezels, Bay Trail SoC

by on07 February 2015

Archos finally joins the Windows 8.1 club

The Archos 80 Cesium is the French brand’s first Windows 8.1 tablet based on Intel’s Bay Trail SoC, and it has a couple of things going for it. The tablet was showcased a few months ago, but for some reason it took Archos quite a while to get it in the channel.

The Archos 80 Cesium is an entry-level device, powered by an Atom Z3735G quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM and a paltry 16GB of internal storage. However, with prices starting at €119 some compromises are to be expected.  

On the upside, the Archos 80 Cesium sports an 8-inch 1280x800 IPS panel, which is better than what you’d get on an HP Stream 7 or Toshiba Encore Mini WT7, which sport 7-inch screens in 1280x800 and 1024x600 respectively. However, the HP ships with 32GB of internal storage and is available at just €99 in some EU markets.

The Archos is also relatively compact, as it has very small side bezels and measures 215x123x8.6mm. It has a slightly bigger footprint than the HP and Toshiba, but at the same time it is 1.5-2mm thinner. Better yet, it weighs 360g, just 10g more than the HP and Toshiba tablets with a smaller screen.

The Archos 80 Cesium features a single microUSB port, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, microSD slot, 2-megapixel rear camera and a 4000mAh battery.

Not bad given the price, although we’d like to see a few other SKUs, with more internal storage or 2GB of RAM.

Last modified on 07 February 2015
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