The very exciting ZTE Skate, which we’re looking forward to immensely after 2010′s staggeringly well-featured ZTE Blade (rebranded as the legendary Orange San Francisco in the UK), has been given a price by ZTE’s French office – with a “less than” €200 tag attached to it. And that’s unsubsidised, too.
200 euros translates to around £180 at today’s exchange rates, so expect it to be nearer the £200 mark in the UK once taxes and so on have been taken into account.
The price, as reported by French site GPS and Co which met with ZTE and played with the phone, is therefore twice that of the Orange San Francisco – but in return for a 4.3″ mobile running an untouched version of Android 2.3.3 that’s surely going to make the Skate another storming hit among enthusiasts and mainstream buyers.
This morning Huawei was our favourite Chinese manufacturer, but now we’re siding with ZTE again. 2012 may well be the year the Chinese take over completely.