German discount brand Base has introduced its first smartphone – the Base Lutea. This is a rebranded ZTE Blade, like the Orange San Francisco. As such, most of the specs are the same: it has a 3.5-inch WVGA (800×480) touchscreen, MP3 player, radio, Bluetooth, a 600 MHz processor, 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi.
However, there’s one difference in the hardware (aside from minor touches here and there and, obviously, the branding) between the Lutea and both the Orange San Francisco and the original ZTE Blade. The Base Lutea has a 5-megapixel camera. The other two models have a 3-megapixel camera.
The phone will be free with an E-Plus two-year contract that will cost 14 euros per month and include 200 MB of high-speed data (HSDPA at 7.2 Mbps). If you go over that limit, the speed will slow down to EDGE levels.
The Base Lutea will become available from the beginning of December.
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