September 26, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
French telecom operator Orange, the fifth largest carrier in the world, has now released its San Francisco (a.k.a. ZTE Blade) Android handset in the UK. The remarkable thing about this particular device isn’t the phone itself, but its price: for just £99 ($150) off-contract, you get a 3.5-inch capacitive AMOLED touchscreen with multitouch and a WVGA resolution, 424MB of RAM, Android 2.1, a FM radio, 3.2MP camera, 3G+ (7.2 Mbit/s) as well as Bluetooth.
It’s powered by a Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor – the same CPU that is featured on the HTC Legend and Sony Ericsson X10 Mini, and it has a decent Adreno 200 GPU. The San Francisco supposedly reaches 38 FPS in the 3D benchmark app Neocore 3D, which is 10 FPS higher than the HTC Desire, Nexus One and Sony Ericsson X10.
An Orange SIM card needs to be purchased for £10 along with the device, but it’s still a great price for such a comparatively capable Android phone. Head to the Orange web store if you want to grab a San Francisco yourself.