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Orange Leaks San Francisco II — A Budget Android Smartphone

Orange San Francisco II

The Orange San Francisco has proven to be a popular Android handset here in the U.K. thanks to its incredibly pocket-friendly price tag. While its specifications aren’t going to impress the most hardcore Android users, for those on a budget the San Francisco is the perfect smartphone at just £90 (approx. $143) on pay-as-you-go.

It seemed inevitable, then, that the device would get a successor. The San Francisco II, which is made by ZTE just like its predecessor, was recently leaked on the help and support pages of the Orange website. The carrier was quick to pull the image, but thankfully SoMobile managed to grab it before it went down.

According to the blog’s report, the device will sport the same 3.5-inch screen featured on its predecessor, which has a resolution of 480 x 800. It will be powered by an 800MHz processor, up from 600MHz, which will run the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.

One of its biggest improvements, however, is to the camera: The first-generation’s 3-megapixel camera has been scrapped in favor of a 5-megapixel one, but there’s still no front-facing camera. Other features include Orange applications like App Store, Music Store, Wednesdays, and Games.

With the device already spotted on the Orange website, it’s likely that the carrier will officially announce the device very soon. It has also been more than a year since the launch of the first-generation San Francisco, so it’s unlikely Orange will hold the device back for too long.

As I said, the San Francisco is by no means a Samsung Galaxy S II killer, but it’s certainly an attractive Android smartphone for the money conscious.

Are you looking forward to the San Francisco II?

[via TechRadar]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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