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ZTE Android Blade smartphone available from £55

The ZTE Blade smartphone was put under the spotlight as the Orange San Francisco back in 2011, became wildly popular and went on to sell millions of units worldwide. It gathered a massive following in the UK and numerous guides and websites spruced up to cater for that user base.

Goodebuying, a popular eBay seller, is currently selling the ZTE Blade, unlocked and unbranded, for £55 including 55 Nectar points and free delivery. Despite the years, that handset is still a fairly capable entry level smartphone and is, in our view, possibly the best smartphone around £50.

It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7227 processor clocked at 600MHz, has 512MB of RAM, 2GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 3.2-megapixel camera, a massive 3.5in display with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, original accessories plus some extras like Angry Birds, Advanced App Killer and Beautiful Widget.

The ZTE Blade had two other follow-ups but none of which managed to reach the commercial success of the original model.

Check out why we liked the Orange San Francisco so much back then.

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