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ZTE Skate Smartphone Confirmed For H2 2011

ZTE has postponed the launch of Skate, which is the successor of the ZTE blade (Orange San Francisco) and the ZTE Racer, to the second half of 2011 according to a latest roadmap update provided to journalists.

The device, which was on display yesterday morning in London and last month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, is powered by a rather odd ARM11-based system on chip clocked at 800MHz.

Its main highlight is its 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen that's not unlike the HTC Desire HD. At 120g, it promises to be one of the lightest handsets with this form factor.

The slide we saw about the product at the update in London confirms that it will have a a 5-megapixel camera without flash, A-GPS, a microUSB port (and a microSD card reader) and 3G.

There won't be any microHDMI ports and ZTE hasn't confirmed whether the Skate will have a front facing camera for video conferencing.

It will be powered by Android Gingerbread and will come with 512MB and a bundled microSD card as it was the case for the Blade.

We suspect that ZTE will continue to sell the aforementioned handset at the same time; expect the Skate to fit in the nice gap between £100 and £250 price bracket, roughly £150 less than the HTC Incredible S.

ZTE has also confirmed that it will now shy away from producing devices with a resistive touchscreen based on customer feedback.