Archos is getting ready to shake up the affordable tablet market with a new 8-inch device powered by Windows 8.1. It’s called the 80 Cesium, and its entry-level specifications make it ideal for tablet buyers on a budget.
Windows 8.1 tablets have been getting smaller and more affordable in recent months, allowing consumers to pick up fairly capable devices they can carry around the house and use on the go for as little as $100. You won’t be playing triple-A games on the 80 Cesium, but it will let you browse the web, catch up on movies and TV shows, and help you get stuff done.
The device is powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G processor that’s accompanied by 1GB of RAM, and it has 16GB of internal storage. That’s a microSD card slot built-in for easy expansion up to 128GB, as well as Intel HD integrated graphics, Bluetooth connectivity, and an 8-inch IPS display with a 720p resolution.
Because the 80 Cesium runs the Windows 8.1 desktop operating system — not Windows RT — you can not only run “Modern” apps designed for Windows 8 tablets, but traditional Windows desktop applications, too. However, you’re going to need to be careful with the type of software you use given that there’s just 1GB of RAM to work with. Yes, you’ll be able to install Photoshop, but you certainly won’t be getting an ideal user experience with it.
Nevertheless, the 80 Cesium could be an ideal fit for many tablet users — especially if Archos prices it right. The company hasn’t confirmed how much the device will sell for yet, or when it will be available, but it’s thought the device could cost between $100 and $150.
Could you see yourself picking up an 80 Cesium?