Orange outs trio of cheapo Android smartphones

Orange has announced three new Android-powered smartphones for punters with shallow pockets.

Two of the three - named Barcelona and Stockholm - are available now. The third - Monte Carlo - will arrive later this summer.

Orange says the 'super sleek and stylish' handsets are 'packed full of innovative features' and offer punters 'market-leading value'.

At the bottom of the heap is the Stockholm which at £80 on pay-as-you-go is gunning for the space formerly occupied by the company's well-received San Francisco offering, which was the cream of last year's budget Android crop.

For your relatively small wad of cash you'll get all the expected 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity as well as a 3.2MP camera, a 2.8-inch QVGA capacitive touch-screen, an MP3 payer and an old-school FM radio.

Next up is the Barcelona which weighs in at £100 and forsakes a bit a screen real estate in favour of an always-out QWERTY keyboard. All of the other specs are identical.

Neither phone comes with the latest version of Google's open source operating system - Android 2.3 Gingerbread, opting instead for the perfectly serviceable (for handsets with these specs) Android 2.2 Froyo.

Surprisingly, both come with full-featured Sat Nav out of the box which, at this price, will give the stand-alone navigation box builders something to think about.

They are also available on contract from a tenner a month upwards.

Monte Carlo, which ostentatiously ups the bling factor given its name, features a full-face 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen and a five megapixel snapper. Arriving later in the summer, its price is, as yet, unknown.

Full Specifications

Barcelona
Dimensions: 115 x 63 x 9.9
Camera features: 3.2
Connectivity: WiFi / Bluetooth / USB / SatNav / Signal boost
Music: MP3
Network band: Tri band
Video: Messaging
Memory: / 16 Micro SD Card
Email: POP3 / IMAP4
Data speed: 3G +
Operating system: Android
Version: Froyo v2.2
Other: 2.6" QVGA Capacitive

Stockholm
Dimensions: 104 x 56 x 13
Camera features: 3.2
Connectivity: WiFi / Bluetooth / USB / SatNav / Signal boost
Music: MP3 / FM radio
Network band: Quad band
Video: Messaging
Memory: 16 Micro SD Card / 120 MB internal
Email: POP3 / IMAP4 / Orange Mail
Data speed: 3G +
Operating system: Android
Version: Froyo v2.2
Other: 2.8" QVGA Capacitive

Monte Carlo
Dimensions: 126 x 68 x 11
Camera features: 5.0
Connectivity: WiFi / Bluetooth / USB / SatNav / Signal boost / HD Voice
Music: MP3 & Radio
Network band: Tri band
Video: Messaging
Memory: 130mb + 2GB Micro SD Card inbox
Email: POP3 / IMAP4 / Mobile Mail
Data speed: 3G +
Operating system: Android
Version: Gingerbread v2.3
Other: 4.3" Capacitive touchscreen, 800 mhz processor