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iPhone 3GS Alert : Orange Officially Launches San Francisco II

Orange has officially unveiled the follow-up to the extremely popular San Francisco smartphone, one which is uninspiringly called, the San Francisco II.

The device, which we suspect is also manufactured by Chinese manufacturer ZTE, has gone on sale for £99 on pay as you go with a compulsory £10 top up (although as an existing Orange user, you should be able to get a discount by calling them).

The phone - which should go on sale in the UK by the end of the month - will also be available from a mere £10.50 per month on a two year contract with a handful of minutes, texts and data allowance.

Like its predecessor, it comes with a 3.5-inch WVGA AMOLED display, 512MB RAM and is a smidgen lighter at 120g. It does however feature a 800MHz ARM11 chipset, HD voice, a five megapixel camera with flash, Signal Boost which uses Wi-Fi to enhance 3G signals when indoors, and most importantly, Android 2.3 Gingerbread which comes with hotspot capabilities amongst other things.

Given how sought after its predecessor was, we expect the Orange San Francisco II to sell very well. The existing San Francisco is only a tenner cheaper which makes the OSF II a no-brainer.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.