Orange love cities, and following the huge success of the San Francisco, it has now announced the Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Stockholm.
Just to clarify, we are talking about mobile phones here and Orange has announced three more to add to its City Stable. The 4.3in Orange Monte Carlo (also known as the ZTE Skate), is a follow-up to the San Francisco and will be launched later this summer, but the other two handsets are available from Orange now.
The Orange Barcelona features a 2.6in capacitive touchscreen above a full QWERTY keyboard and runs Android 2.2 (Froyo). It measures 115 x 63 x 9.9mm and features a 3.2 megapixel camera on the back. It has been HD Voice certified and supports Orange’s own Signal Boost for better reception indoors. From the screen shots we’ve seen it appears to have a lot of the bloatware from Orange that hampered the San Francisco, but this should be easily eliminated with a little tweaking. The Barcelona is available for £99.99 on pay-as-you-go or for free on contracts of as little as £10-a-month.
The Orange Stockholm is a compact touchscreen device with a 2.8in QVGA display and a 3.2 megapixel camera on the rear. There is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Orange’s Signal Boost to aid connectivity and an in-built FM radio should keep you entertained. As with the Barcelona, the Stockholm runs Android 2.2 with the obligatory Orange bloatware. The Stockholm is available only on pay-as-you-go for the bargain price of £79.
We first saw the Monte Carlo back at Mobile World Congress in February, under the guise of the ZTE Skate. The 4.3in device weighs only 120g and measures 126 x 68 x 11mm. It is powered by an unnamed 800MHz processor and runs Android 2.3. The Skate has a 5 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, A-GPS and Wi-Fi. While the specs may not be the most mind-blowing, if ZTE and Orange can repeat the success they had with the San Francisco, they will be onto a winner. Pricing and availability for the Monte Carlo will be announced closer to launch.