Orange Monte Carlo handset launches

Orange isn't averse to launching its own Android smartphones. Indeed, it showcased both the Barcelona and Stockholm just last month. Now the company has another city-inspired handset ready to go, the Orange Monte Carlo.

This one looks a cut above the previous two mentioned, not least because it offers up Android 2.3 as the operating system, as opposed to 2.2 for the Barcelona and Stockholm. But overall it's something of a mid-range handset rather than being cutting edge. But if you want to get into Android without the hefty contract, it should be worthy of a look.

According to Orange, the Monte Carlo – a rebranded ZTE Skate phone – has a 4.3-inch capacitive touch-screen, five-megapixel camera, an 800MHz processor, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity and an FM radio. Orange is also throwing in an Orange Wednesdays app for free cinema tickets, HD Voice and Orange Signal Boost to sweeten the deal.

We're saying it is on the cheaper end of the market, but that's down purely to the specification. Orange hasn't yet given a price, that's likely to be announced just prior to it hitting the shelves. Late summer is the provisional date for that.

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