ZTE Blade/Orange San Francisco cleared out at £70

The Orange San Francisco (or ZTE Blade) was a true ground-breaker when it was launched back in 2010.

It offered a number of features (like 512MB of RAM and a 3.5in 800 x 480 resolution display), which were until now never found on a smartphone costing less than £150.

But as it reaches its end of life, it is currently being cleared out for £70 on eBay via NewTekStore. The device originally ran Android 2.1 Éclair and there is an update to Gingerbread. Although Ice Cream Sandwich won’t be officially available, it is likely that this upgrade will be offered by enthusiasts on developer forums.

The phone comes as an unlocked model. It has a 2GB microSD card, a 3.2-megapixel camera, a Qualcomm MSM7227 SoC clocked at 600MHz, Wi-Fi, a micro-USB port and a 1,250mAh battery.

The ZTE Blade is still one of the cheapest Android devices that offers an 800 x 480 resolution. It has since been replaced by the Orange San Francisco 2, which has not been as popular given that other rivals such as the Nokia Lumia 710 or the Huawei Ascend G300 have emerged with £100 price tags.

Source: eBay