ZTE Blade S Revealed, Available As Orange San Francisco II

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Last week, cellular carrier Orange revealed the San Francisco II, a budget-model Android. This handset is to follow-up on the carrier’s original San Francisco, which was also sold with its manufacturer’s branding intact as the ZTE Blade. The same sort of connection is at play this time around, and some snooping through Bluetooth SIG records has revealed the new San Francisco II to be be what should see release elsewhere as the ZTE Blade S.

The Blade S is powered by an 800MHz processor and has a five-megapixel main camera. The 3.5-inch display is in a WVGA resolution, which we suppose is a nice touch on a budget handset where HVGA could be all too readily used. The phone should ship running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

We don’t have any specific release plans to share for the Blade S, but really we’re just happy to know of its existence; there’s a good chance we’ll see it under carrier branding with another mobile network somewhere down the line. On Orange in the UK, at least, the San Francisco II goes for about $160 off-contract.

Source: Bluetooth SIG

Via: UnwiredView

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