Orange Unveils Monte Carlo, Barcelona & Stockholm Smartphones

After last year's success of its own-brand handset, the Orange San Francisco (AKA ZTE Blade), the mobile phone operator has officially presented three new Android-based handsets; the Monte Carlo, the Barcelona and Stockholm.

The two last handsets will be available immediately with the Monte Carlo being brought to market later this summer; Barcelona and Stockholm run on Android 2.2 while Monte Carlo runs on Android 2.3.

The Barcelona combines a capacitive touchscreen with gesture recognition technology, a QWERTY keyboard and a 3.2-megapixel camera not unlike the Blackberry Curve or the Nokia E71.

It combines three proprietary technologies from Orange; Signal boost, push email via Orange Email and HD Voice; it will be available from £99.99 on Orange PAYG and also available on contracts from £10 a month.

The Stockholm is a smaller version of the San Fancisco; it keeps the same camera, a 3.2-megapixel model, but cuts the screen size and resolution (2.8-inch QVGA) and adopts a glossy black colour screen with a chrome compact exterior. Like the Barcelona, the Stockholm comes with Orange Signal Booster, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and an FM radio. It is available from Orange for £79.99 on Pay as you go.

As for the Monte Carlo, formerly known as the Skate, it is a significant upgrade to the San Francisco. It boasts a higher definition camera (five megapixel), a Qualcomm MSM7227 SoC clocked at 800MHz, a bigger 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen, Orange Signal Boost, HD Voice and DNLA compatibility.