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iPhone 3GS Rival Alert : Orange San Francisco II Starts At £100

ZTE and Orange will be launching a follow up to the hugely popular San Francisco handset called the ... Orange San Francisco II.

The device which is rumoured to be launched next week (thanks HUKD! (opens in new tab)), will cost £100 excluding the compulsory £10 top up, although Orange will apparently have a first week promotion bonanza with the equivalent of a free £10 top up and a free Orange Xmas box with Angle and Curve headphones.

The Orange San Francisco II will share the same processor as the ZTE Skate, an ARM11 SoC clocked at 800MHz with 512MB RAM like its predecessor and a 3.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen (rather than TFT).

There's also an updated five megapixel camera with AF and LED flash (something that was missing from the previous OSF), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, a secondary camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The phone will also support Orange's own technologies like HD Voice and Signal Boost as well as Orange's other apps like 2-for-1 cinema tickets and more.

Expect the Orange San Francisco II to be the best value for money handset of the year under £100, on par with the £150 Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and ahead of its bigger brother, the 4.3-inch £150 Orange Monte Carlo handset.

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 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.