It's interesting just how much Palm has influenced the rest of the mobile industry with its Pre mobile phone. We recently saw a similar design within Alacatel's OT-980 chassis. And now, Chinese company ZTE – known over here primarily for the phones it creates for Vodafone to sell as own-brand designs – has also created a Pre-like handset.
To be known as the ZTE Smooth - which is already one up over Alcatel for the name, if nothing else - the new phone will feature Android 1.6 as its incumbent OS and will include a 2.8-inch screen packing in a QVGA resolution, along with a QWERTY keyboard, GPS, Bluetooth, an FM radio for entertainment and UMTS connectivity, according to the Phandroid website.
Although this is a Chinese phone, the Smooth is due to be sold in other territories too. Expect an August release and a reasonable equivalent price of around £100. There's no information on a possible UK release just yet, however.
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