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ZTE Skate Goes On Preorder For £250

The ZTE Skate was only officially unveiled last week and already it has gone on preorder with a release date scheduled for the 19th of September and a price of £250.

The eagerly-awaited follow-up to the ZTE Blade can be preordered from Clove (opens in new tab) and will come with a 800MHz processor, a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, 256MB RAM, 512MB onboard storage, Android 2.3 Gingerbread without any customisation (or proprietary UI), a microSD card slot, a five-megapixel camera with AF, a dedicated camera button and flash, aGPS and a 1420mAh battery.

At £250 though, it will be a hard sell especially as the ZTE Skate is still on offer for £89, a third of the price, and apart from the bigger screen and a better camera, doesn't offer much at three times the price.

The ZTE Blade community has already managed to deliver a Gingerbread update for the phone and it can be overclocked once rooted.

In addition, several handsets with better specifications and from better known manufacturers have been heavily discounted as they move towards the end of their life span; we've noted for example that the Samsung Galaxy S, the HTC Desire and the Sony Ericsson X10 can be had for roughly the same outlay.

Clearly therefore, either the ZTE Skate will have to be heavily discounted (to around £150 or so) or ZTE will have to up the ante and release another potential million selling, ground breaking smartphone phone fast.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.