There is no doubt that in the UK at least, the Orange San
Francisco was the first truly budget smartphone and was a superb device for a
relatively low price. It is currently battling it out in our TrustedReviews
2011 Awards as one of the Best Mobile Phones, but its successor has now
The updated phone will be called the Orange San Francisco II
and like the original will cost £99 when it launches at the end of the month (with a £10
top-up), or free on a £10.50 two year contract – exclusively from Orange naturally.
The updated handset will come with faster 800Mhz processor
which is slow compared to the high-end smartphones like the
Samsung Galaxy S II, but is a boost from the 600Mhz processor in the original.
The phone will run the latest version of Android Gingerbread
(2.3.5) but will once again come with Orange
bloatware on top, however this shouldn’t be too difficult to remove.
It has also added HD Voice for better call quality and
Signal Boost for better mobile reception indoors. The camera has also been
boosted from 3.2 megapixels to 5 megapixels.
The 3.5in screen again has a WVGA resolution of 800 x 480 pixels which is better than any other budget handset. The new phone will
measure 117 x 58.5 x 10.6mm which is slightly larger and slightly thinner and
it will weigh 10g more than the original at a still-light 120g.
Internal memory is still very small at 512MB, but there is a
microSD card slot though this now only supports up to 16GB compared to 32GB on
the older phone, which is disappointing.
We’ll be getting to grips with this new phone very soon for
a review but for now let us know in the comments if you think that the Orange
San Francisco II will be as successful as the original?