Orange UK has revealed that the San Francisco II, a rebranded ZTE Crescent, Smartphone will hit its shelves before November ends. After a few weeks of speculation, Orange UK decided to finally confirm that a sequel to the San Francisco does in fact exist and it’s coming soon. The San Francisco II is a handset we first heard about last month, and over the past few days we’ve seen it in official shots, and a rumor even gave us the pricing and release date. The phone also known as the ZTE Crescent is an Android Gingerbread handset boasting a 3.5-inch TFT, 800 x 480 pixels, WVGA resolution, display and Orange’s HD Voice technology. Powered by an ARM11, 800MHz processor it packs on board storage of just 512MB but you can beef this up by 32GB using a microSD card. The camera is a 5-megapixel one with auto-focus, and it packs GPRS and a talk-time life of 280 minutes (250 hours in standby). There’s also an updated five megapixel camera with AF and LED flash (something that was missing from the previous OSF), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, a secondary camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The phone will also support Orange’s own technologies like HD Voice and Signal Boost as well as Orange’s other apps like 2-for-1 cinema tickets and more.
Expect the Orange San Francisco II to be the best value for money handset of the year under £100, on par with the £150 Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and ahead of its bigger brother, the 4.3-inch £150 Orange Monte Carlo handset.