After the great success seen by the Orange San Francisco, a successor to this very cheap but decently-specced Android-powered smartphone was inevitable. And so last month we brought you news about the Orange San Francisco II, which then got its Bluetooth certification. Unfortunately all we had to go on was a blurry picture and the fact that the phone will come with Bluetooth (obviously) and 3G, and will be sold in Europe (again, pretty obvious). Oh, and it’s still made by ZTE, and may be launched outside the UK as the ZTE Crescent.
Today though Orange UK decided to help us out on this matter and itself leaked better pictures of the device alongside its specs on its support pages. Here then is the Orange San Francisco II in all its glory:
The new budget smartphone for the Pay as you go crowd will retain its predecessor’s 3.5-inch 480×800 touchscreen, but other specs have been updated. The San Francisco II has an 800 MHz processor, a 5 MP autofocus camera, along with the usual connectivity options in 2011 (HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS). The operating system has been refreshed too, as the San Francisco II is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Orange bloatware will still be present in the form of the operator’s App Store, Music Store, Wednesdays, and Games – but that’s a small price to pay for what will probably be a very cheap device.
Speaking of that, unfortunately Orange didn’t give any indication about the pricing or release date for the San Francisco II, but it has to be soon and cheap. As a matter of fact, something tells us that this will make a great holiday present, so we may see it launch in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.
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