Orange San Francisco 2 is a new £99 Android phone

Orange has now unveiled the Orange San Francisco 2, an Android 2.3 smart phone for a mere £99.

If you're going to San Francisco, here's some news that'll put flowers in your hair: the new Android-powered Orange San Francisco 2 budget blower will cost you less than £100.

Orange has officially confirmed the phone and its price after accidentally offering us a glimpse last week . The San Francisco 2 -- or San Francisco II, if you prefer -- is made by ZTE and offers Android smart phone smarts without the usual hefty price tag.

It's a ZTE Crescent, to be precise, with an Orange badge on the front. It's the wallet-friendly follow-up to the best-selling original Orange San Francisco , which is the ZTE Blade with an Orange logo slapped on it.

The San Fran sequel boasts the Android Gingerbread 2.3 operating system, with an 800MHz processor and 512MB of storage inside. Fortunately you can boost that rather meagre memory with a microSD card, up to 16GB. Orange claims 4.5 hours of talkie-chat before you need to charge the battery.

On the outside there's a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen and 5-megapixel camera. You also get GPS, an MP3 player and an FM radio.

Orange has added a handful of its own stuff to the phone. Rubbish tacked-on nonsense nearly ruined the original San Francisco, but some of the Orange-y extras are worth having. They include Signal Boost, which improves your phone signal indoors, and the Orange Wednesdays app for free cinema tickets.

But enough from us -- here's the phone in action.

The Orange San Francisco 2 hits Orange in late November. It'll cost you £99 on pay as you go with a £10 top-up, or it's free on 24-month contracts for £10.50 per month.

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