ZTE has big plans for the UK market starting this year, as the company will begin selling smartphones using its own brand. Previously, ZTE was best known for manufacturing operator-branded handsets.
The first three ZTE-branded phones that will make it to the UK market are the Skate, Libra, and Tureis. The ZTE Skate is already being sold by Orange as the Monte Carlo, but it will soon be out in SIM-free and unlocked form as well.
Mobile retailer Clove has announced that it has finally received official pricing and release information for the three ZTE devices. The ZTE Skate will be priced at £225.60 and will be available on September 16. Also out on that day will be the ZTE Tureis, which will cost £144. The ZTE Libra will actually be in stock sooner than the other two handsets, on September 9 and it will set you back £166.80.
All three devices run an unaltered Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which should be especially appealing to UI purists. Whether or not that will guarantee fast updates to new versions of Google’s mobile operating system isn’t clear right now.
The ZTE Skate is the flagship out of the three, although it’s basically an upper-midrange offering at best. Still, for a reasonable sum you are getting a 4.3-inch 480×800 touchscreen, an 800 MHz processor, 5 MP camera, 512 MB of RAM, and a 1400 mAh battery.
The ZTE Libra has a 3.5-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 3.15 MP camera, and a 600 MHz processor. The ZTE Tureis packs a physical QWERTY keyboard in a form factor that’s reminiscent of classic BlackBerry smartphones, or the more recent HTC ChaCha. It has an 800 MHz processor, a 2.6-inch 320×240 touchscreen, 512 MB of RAM, and a 3.2 MP camera.
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