All what you wanted to know about Archos 40 Cesium


Running Windows Phone 8.1, the Archos 40 Cesium inaugurates the new range of Archos Windows phones. Announced just before IFA 2014, the 40 Cesium looks to be one of the most promising products from Archos with a quad-core smartphone running a smooth operating system, to go on sale for under 80€. Did Archos really do everything right this time? Let’s have a closer look.


Inside the 40 Cesium, there is a quad-core CPU from Qualcomm, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of Flash storage(fortunately, it is expandable via microSD). The TFT screen has a relatively low resolution of just 800×480 pixels, but it is a choice we can understand with a smartphone in this price range. Through Live tiles, Windows Phone provides you a fast and fluid interface which brings personalized real-time information to your Start Screen. You are able to pin your friends, apps, favorite websites, music albums and whatever else you can’t live without.


The 40 Cesium smartphone will fit in any pocket and match your style with 2 additional colorfull back cases included in the pack. On the back of the device, there is an 5Mpx camera with LED flash for shooting photos and videos. And the 1950 mAh battery should be enough for 2075 hours in stand-by mode or 9 hours of 2G calling, which sounds like a nice battery life. 🙂


On paper, the 40 Cesium looks like a nice alternative to the affordable smartphones available now. It combines a smooth operating system with well-balanced specifications. The 40 Cesium should hit the stores next month for a price of 79-89€ and then, we will be able to find out whether the 40 Cesium is really that attractive as it sounds.

Technical specifications

Operating System Windows Phone 8.1
CPU Quad-Core Qualcomm MSM 8212 @ 1.2GHz
GPU: Adreno 302
Flash Storage Memory Capacity: 4 GB
System Memory 512 Mb
Interfaces Micro USB 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
Micro SD slot (up to 64GB)
Display 4.0″ TFT
800 x 480 resolution
Bluetooth 3.0
Camera Back: 5.0 MPx + LED Flash
Front: 0.3 MPx
Dual-Sim Yes
Supported Networks 3G/UMTS/WCDMA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE
Dimensions 126 x 64 x 10.5 mm
Weight 126g
Battery 1950 mAh
Included Accessoriess Three back covers: Black, Yellow, Blue

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