Orange San Francisco launches in the UK, packs Android 2.1 and a 3.5″ WVGA touchscreen, costs £99

Whether the Orange San Francisco is the outcome of the much rumored Project JAL is one thing we’ll probably never know. Regardless, what we do know is that this is one very good deal.

The Orange San Francisco was just officially unveiled by Orange in the UK, and sure enough, it has that expected £99 price tag on pay as you go.

Most of its specs do read like those of other low-end Android devices of late, save for two: the touchscreen and how slim it is. Orange (or rather, ZTE) have managed to put a 3.5″ WVGA (480×800) screen in there, all while maintaining a sleek package which is just 11.8 mm slim. Impressive for that price range.

It would have been perfect for many if it had Android 2.2 Froyo on board, but unfortunately the version it runs is 2.1. As for prospects of future updates to newer versions, there’s no word yet, so don’t expect much.

Other specs:

  • 600 MHz processor
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G+ (HSDPA)
  • 150 MB internal memory, expandable via microSD (up to 32 GB cards supported)

Sadly, Orange did decide to include some own-brand bloatware on top of Android, so keep in mind that this device comes with Orange Maps, Orange Messenger by Windows Live, Orange App Store and Orange Wednesdays.

It will be available this week from Orange shops, telesales and online. Here’s the complimentary introductory video:

This one is meant to become a best-seller, having an as of now unmatched price/features ratio in the Android world.

Via Orange

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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