Here's a device that's been making some waves in the UK Android community. Over at MoDaCo.com, founder Paul O'Brien picked up Orange's rebranded ZTE Blade for £99 ($160) with a pre-paid SIM. Judging from his video, it seems that you get quite a lot of device for your money, including that aforementioned 3.5" AMOLED screen. Despite being burdened with a silly name and an abundance of network shovelware, the Blade/SanFran's 600 MHz CPU appears to run Android 2.1 pretty nicely.

As is his wont, Mr O'Brien has cracked the Blade right open, with root being achieved pretty much immediately, and the tantalizing prospect of an AOSP Froyo ROM hanging in the air.

Check out Paul's video of the Blade's unboxing and hardware overview below.

Source: Android.MoDaCo.com via Phandroid

Further Reading: MoDacO Blade Forum; @PaulOBrien

Brian O'Toole
Having learnt his writing techniques reading e-Books of Sherlock Holmes, Brian now spends his time /kicking, lurking, SSHing and encoding.
  • Vlad

    That is some pretty slick packaging. I want that phone.

  • http://www.zte.com.cn Sophia

    ZTE San Francisco has supported Terminal software online upgrade tool(orange) for update. Everyone can download the tool from ZTE website to update and refresh the phone to solve many software issues.The link is http://www.zteuk.co.uk/device/download/201112/P020111209361507419488.zip