Orange Monte Carlo budget smartphone serves up 4.3″ of Android love

Orange ready Android Monte Carlo smartphone (aka ZTE Skate)

We’ve long been spreading the cut price love for Orange’s long reigning Budget Belle, the ultra cheap San Francisco, and the network looks set to unleash another bargain Android handset in the shape of the Monte Carlo.

Orange ready Android Monte Carlo smartphone (aka ZTE Skate)

The soon-come smartphone improves on the ‘Frisco specs by upping the the processor to a snappier 800MHz number, slipping in a 5MP camera and upgrading the screen to a generous 4.3-inches.

Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and packing a FM radio, the handset measures up at 10.4mm x 125.9mm x 67.8mm.

There’s been no prices announced yet, but if it’s priced as competitively as its predecessor, we expect Orange to have a winner on its hand.

5-megapixel camera
HD Voice
Signal Boost (UMA)
Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread
4.3-inch capacitive touch screen
micro USB v2.0
FM radio and MP3 player
video messaging
video recorder
video playback
pop3/imap4 email
Orange Wednesday apps
Orange App Store
music player
touch screen
photo messaging


battery life

talk time:5 hoursstandby:12 days

[Orange shop]

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3 Comments on “Orange Monte Carlo budget smartphone serves up 4.3″ of Android love”

  1. Here’s all the specs you could wish for:
    GENERAL 2G Network GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
    3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
    Announced 2011, February
    Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2011, Q3
    SIZE Dimensions 125.9 x 67.8 x 10.4 mm
    Weight 120 g
    DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches
      – Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
    – Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
    – Multi-touch input method
    SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
    Loudspeaker Yes
    3.5mm jack Yes
    MEMORY Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
    Call records Practically unlimited
    Internal 512 MB RAM
    Card slot microSD, up to 32GB
    EDGE Yes
    WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Wi-Fi hotspot
    Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
    Infrared port No
    USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
    CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
    Features Geo-tagging
    Video Yes
    Secondary No
    FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
    CPU 800MHz processor
    Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
    Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
    Games Yes
    Colors Black
    GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
    Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
      – Digital compass
    – SNS integration
    – MP4/H.264/H.263 player
    – MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
    – Google Search, Maps, Gmail
    – YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration
    – Organizer
    – Voice memo
    – Predictive text input
    BATTERY   Standard battery, Li-Ion 1400 mAh
    Stand-by Up to 288 h
    Talk time Up to 5 h

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