European operators have a thing for own-brand cheap Android smartphones. Or so it would seem, judging by recent moves. T-Mobile, Vodafone and Orange have all announced budget devices under their own brands.
But perhaps the most intriguing has always been Orange’s Project JAL. We’ve heard of this first about two months ago, that it was going to materialize into a low-end Android handset to be sold by Orange across its European operations.
In the mean time Orange have launched another cheap Android smartphone in France, but it’s now clear that it was not the outcome of Project JAL.
Following the recent Orange naming scheme tradition, the Project JAL device will get a city name, and thus will be called Orange San Francisco. Its hardware is based on that of the ZTE Blade and it’s coming very soon.
If initial plans hadn’t been delayed, it would probably have already been available. But even so, it’s expected by the end of this quarter (meaning the end of September by my math).
The main specs of the San Francisco (in theory, identical to those of the ZTE Blade) are:
- Android 2.1
- 3 megapixel camera with video capture
- 150 MB internal memory, expandable via a microSD card slot
- 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth
- Orange Maps with turn-by-turn navigation support
- 3.5 mm headset jack
- Dimensions: 116 x 56.5 x 11.8 mm
- Weight: 130 g
If you liked the post, you might find these interesting too:
- Orange San Francisco II to be also sold as ZTE Blade S
- ZTE Blade III exists, is being offered in Finland for €199.90
- Orange San Francisco launches in the UK, packs Android 2.1 and a 3.5″ WVGA touchscreen, costs £99
- Cheap, Orange-branded Android 2.1 smartphone now available in France
- New Orange San Francisco II (ZTE Crescent) coming soon