Orange launches £99 San Francisco Android handset

Orange launches £99 San Francisco Android handset

Summary: Orange has announced the launch of an own-branded, ZTE-manufactured, Google Android handset targeted directly at the low-to-mid range.The San Francisco, priced at £99 on pay-as-you-go, is aimed at potential customers wanting to get in on the Android action, but without the need to sign up to a monthly commitment.

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Orange has announced the launch of an own-branded, ZTE-manufactured, Google Android handset targeted directly at the low-to-mid range.

The San Francisco, priced at £99 on pay-as-you-go, is aimed at potential customers wanting to get in on the Android action, but without the need to sign up to a monthly commitment.

Being an Android device — 2.1 AKA Eclair nonetheless — , the handset comes preloaded with the usual Google goodies, as well as Orange specific apps such as Orange Maps, Messenger (powered by Windows Live) and Orange Wednesdays.

Hardware-wise, the San Francisco offers a 3.5-inch (480x800 pixel) touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 600MHz processor. It also features a 3-megapixel camera and HSDPA connectivity.

The Tri-band device also comes with 150MB internal memory which can be bolstered by using a microSD card up to 32GB.

The company say that the handset will go on sale priced at £99 — with a 2GB microSD included in the box — without a contract later this week, via its online and brick-and-mortar outlets.

Three announced in July that it too was launching a £99 Eclair-based Android phone manufactured by ZTE.

Called the Racer, it is built upon an ARM11-based Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset, which is unable to run Flash 10.1 even if the handset were to receive an update to Android 2.2, known more commonly as Froyo.

Topic: Mobility

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  • All looking great until the final paragraph...
    The San Francisco (aka ZTE Blade) looks like a real steal - nice big capacitive screen etc - and cheap as chips
    but inside you'll find the same chipset Qualcomm chipset as in the ZTE Racer, so this little gem shouldn't run Flash either, which is a bit of a shame
    On the other hand, the new LG Optimus One and Optimus Chic are both being released with Android 2.2 and reputedly have the same Qualcomm chipset, suggesting that the San Francisco's chipset shouldn't hold it back from an upgrade to 2.2
    Maybe though, all these machines will run Android 2.2, but just won't run Flash
    Any answers anyone?
    thesoupthief