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Carphone Warehouse Puts Inq Cloud Touch On Preorder

Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy have put the Inq Cloud Touch, a touchscreen device with an affinity for Facebook, on preorder with a delivery date scheduled for the 6th of April.

However, its price tag may cause a few to baulk; at £199.95 for the PAYG version and £299.95 for the SIM Free model, it is more expensive than the HTC Desire, which many operators are clearing at the moment.

In addition, it is more than twice the price of one of our favourite smartphone, the ZTE Blade, AKA Orange San Francisco, which can be had for as little as £80.

The Inq Cloud Touch can also be purchased on a two year contract for just £20 per month which makes it still an expensive proposition compared to the likes of the Galaxy S or the HTC Desire.

Launched at the beginning of the month of February, the smartphone has a 3.5-inch screen with a 480x320 pixels touchscreen display, a Qualcomm MSM7227 SoC clocked at 600MHz, 512MB RAM, a five megapixel camera but no AF or flash.

Onboard storage is limited to 300MB although there's a microSD card reader The phone is powered by Android 2.2 with a tight Facebook integration that allows users to manage their status and invites, view notifications, send messages straight from the interface itself. It is the first time that INQ will sell the handset without its normal partner and sister company, 3 UK.