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ZTE set to introduce sub-£100 dual-core smartphone

China’s biggest smartphone manufacturer will add yet another model to its line-up; the ZTE Blade C will comes with a dual-core chipset and we suspect that it will come at Mobile World Congress later this month.

The latter is said to be a MediaTek MTK6577 SoC clocked at 1GHz and based on the Cortex-A9 architecture. The handset will also feature 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 3-megapixel camera, a 1,600mAh battery, a 4in WVGA display, Bluetooth 4.0 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Most importantly, the price of the Blade C is said to be less than 700 Chinese Yuan (or around £70), a price tag that will make of that smartphone the cheapest dual-core model on the market should it launch in the UK as the Orange San Francisco 3 (or 4).

The Blade C is roughly equivalent to the Grand X with a smaller display and a different SoC model. That handset costs £150 and has a massive 4.3in display with a 960 x 540 resolution.

We reported a few days ago that Chinese manufacturers are expected to bring the average selling price of quad-core smartphones to less than £100 by the end of the year, which shouldn’t be surprising if they use quad-core Cortex-A5 chipsets.