ZTE Amigo, Blade and Skate Android phones announced

More new phones coming out of Mobile World Congress this afternoon, with ZTE getting in on the action this time around. The Chinese hardware manufacturer has outed 3 new handsets named Amigo, Blade and Skate with all three offering a variety of features.

Amigo (Right)

ZTE's Amigo is the handset with the lowest specifications of the bunch, with its diminutive 3.2 inch screen. Tripple band GSM 1900/2100 HSPA is the order of the day, with the handset also sporting a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard for those who still prefer that tactile feel of putting finger to plastic. According to reports from the testing booths, the Amigo has a slight budget-feel to it and will presumably be the cheaper of the three phones.

Skate (Middle)

Clearly ZTE's premium handset, the Skate will come powered by Google's latest and greatest version of Android, 2.3 Gingerbread. It's displayed via a 4.3 inch WVGA display that by all accounts looks gorgeous, which is no mean feat considering ZTE isn't exactly known for their quality. A 5 megapixel camera is hidden around the back.

Blade (Left)

The Blade is the middle handset out of the three, with a smaller screen than the Skate (3.5 inches) and a 3 megapixel camera. Android 2.2 Froyo is the OS of choice here.

According to Engadget's Sean Hollister, both the Blade and Skate "have great build quality". After looking at the photos of the new Blade, we can't help but think this is a re-badged Orange San Francisco, a budget handset (£99.99) in the UK. Has ZTE improved the build quality and slapped a new badge on it? We'd need to see one to be sure.

No matter the origins of the Blade, all three handsets prove that Mobile World Congress and indeed the smartphone business as a whole still has room for some of the smaller companies. It's great to see that the dominance of Apple, HTC and possibly Nokia in the future isn't squeezing the little guy out of business.

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Phone for $100 here in Swiss as PayG and very easily unlockable. This was out of stock in a week. Waiting for the re-stock to get few of them. AMOLED and etc. This is an amazing phone!

Why do they all get stupid Orange deals! I'd love a cheap android phone that runs 2.2. But most of them are on orange and I don't want to go and unlock and debrand them! At least put them on a DECENT network like O2 or giffgaff.

TechDudeGeorge said,
Why do they all get stupid Orange deals! I'd love a cheap android phone that runs 2.2. But most of them are on orange and I don't want to go and unlock and debrand them! At least put them on a DECENT network like O2 or giffgaff.

buy it from orange and unlock it for free to put o2 on it.. thats what i did works great!

autobon said,
Wow, those are really ugly. I will take a Nexus S thank you...

The Nexus S is a high end expensive handset, these are budget handsets. I had a Zte Blade it was a brilliant phone for the price. The UK version had 600Mhz CPU, 800x480 Amoled capacitive touchscreen. No other budget phone had such high res screen and amoled.

This is true. I own this phone for a month, under ZTE Blade brand, not Orange SF. It has it's quirks - no LED or front-facing camera, rubbered plastic case - but at it's price it's a steal. I'd certainly recommend it over other phones from this price branch (for example HTC Wildfire).

Kuraj said,
Running a MoDaCo 2.2, but I'm anticipating the official 2.2 release (the ones sold atm are still with 2.1)

Me too. Im running R11 with little issue. Its hard to see how much an official ROM for the Blade can be an improvement over Pauls and Sebs ROM's