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£80 ZTE Blade III smartphone: Almost the same as the HTC Desire

Virgin Media has started to sell the ZTE Blade III smartphone, a £79.99 handset which comes with £10 credit, and comes with some interesting features that reminds us of another great smartphone, the HTC Desire or the Google Nexus One.

Like the latter, the ZTE Blade III has a single-core SoC clocked at 1GHz. In this case, a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227a model. Other similar features include 512MB of RAM, a 4in 800 x 480 pixel display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 5-megapixel camera with AF, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 2.5GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 1,600mAh battery, a four hour talktime and a weight of 133g.

The Blade III becomes one of the more affordable best-value-for money handset, sandwiched somewhere between the £50 Alcatel One Touch OT983 and the Sony Xperia U which comes in at £110.

The £10 top up can be used to make unlimited calls and up to 120 minutes cross-networlk calls. Note that the phone is the follow up of the Orange San Francisco 2.

ZTE has confirmed that it will launch a new smartphone based on the Mozilla Firefox OS at an event on 25 February 2013 in Barcelona.