Orange Announce Exclusive San Francisco Android Phone

Orange are capitalising on the huge interest in Google’s Android operating system, as well as the need for low-end devices running the software, by introducing the San Francisco, their own-brand budget smartphone.

The San Francisco from Orange is a clear competitor to the ZTE Racer from 3, as they both run Android 2.1 and are set at the same £99 Pay As You Go price point. However when we take a look at the San Francisco’s spec, it does trump the Racer in one key area. We’ll mention that in a minute, though it’s worth noting that the San Francisco is also built by ZTE, and was previously known as the ZTE Blade. The specs are:

  • Android 2.1.
  • 3G with HSDPA.
  • A 3.2 megapixel camera.
  • Wi-Fi.
  • GPS.
  • MicroSD card slot.
  • Bluetooth v2.1.

Like the Racer, the San Francisco has a 600 MHz processor, but where it differs is in its screen. The San Francisco is equipped with a capacitive 3.5″ OLED display with an 800 x 480 pixel resolution, a considerable improvement over the Racer’s 2.8″ resistive item.

The phone will come loaded with the Orange app store, Orange maps and an Orange-branded version of Windows Live Messenger, plus access to the Android Market and Google’s entire suite of applications too. It should be on sale by the end of the week.

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