A smartphone with a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen for EUR 250? If anyone can (or will) do that, it’s ZTE (or, presumably, its arch-rival, Huawei).
We’re talking about the ZTE Skate here. This smartphone was first shown during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, albeit without much fuss. Back then, ZTE reps didn’t have anything to say about its price or a release date.
The latter has since been made clearer somewhat, and now we’re expecting the Skate to become available in major European markets this summer. As for the price, it looks like it could be in the EUR 200-300 range, but most likely about EUR 250. For our American readers, we’re talking no-contract prices here.
Or, better said, Greek site Digital Life is. They’ve gotten their hands on a pre-production ZTE Skate unit, and have created a preview of the device. They seem to be fairly happy with it overall. Obviously, they (like us) are most excited about the price. Let’s hope this is right and won’t change before release.
So what do you get for EUR 250? Aside from the aforementioned touchscreen, you get an 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 5 MP autofocus camera, and a 1400 mAh battery. Oh, and stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That leaves us hopeful that at least some OS updates will happen here – since the OS isn’t customized at all, they should be a fairly simple thing to do. However, nothing’s sure yet and that’s ultimately up to ZTE.
Anyway, this may be the affordable midrange Android smartphone of the remainder of this year, if performance is at least adequate and there are no major bugs – and if it gets released in more than a handful of countries. Many ifs for now, but we’re still hopeful. We’ll obviously let you know how the Skate’s story will pan out.
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