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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 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.