Let’s be honest we can’t all afford a Desire HD or a Galaxy S. Budget Android handsets give us a taste of Android without forcing us to re-mortgage our house; not only that but they work as good introductions to the smartphone world for those of us who are less tech-savy than the rest. Therefore it’s no surprise that the San Francisco (AKA Blade) handset has sold well. But nobody could have predicted just how popular it would be.
The company behind the phone, ZTE claim that over 2 million of its San Francisco smartphones have been sold making it one of the best selling handsets worldwide. At one point this year it was more popular than the iPhone 4.
It’s available in over 30 countries for a price tag as little as £79. I’ve been saying how important pricing is for success and here is undeniable proof. So where’s my Job at an analyst firm?
Following the success of the Blade the market is wide-open for more value Android handsets, but ZTE don’t want people muscling in on their success so they’ve already began work on a successor to the handset. The ZTE Skate will be a bigger and faster version of the Blade with a 4.3in screen and an 800MHz processor all running on a generous Android 2.3. ZTE have said that the Skate will arrive in the UK by the second half of this year and like the Blade Orange has chosen to rebrand it; according to their website, the ‘Monte Carlo’ is coming soon.