ZTE unveils the Blade 3 budget handset

Blades of Glory?

ZTE has released its latest budget Android smartphone, the Blade 3, which goes on sale in the UK today

Chinese manufacturer ZTE has revealed its latest Android handset, the ZTE Blade 3, which will go on sale in the UK today for the modest price of £79.99 - which includes £10 PAYG top-up.

The new handset sticks closely to ZTE's usual fare of mid-level specs at a budget price. The Blade 3 runs on a 1GHz Qualcomm processor with 512MB RAM and a 4-inch 800 x 480 screen. ZTE has included a 5MP rear-facing camera, 4GB (+ microSD) storage and decided to use Ice Cream Sandwich for the Blade 3's OS rather than the newer Jelly Bean.

If you don't fancy the upfront cost, then the Blade 3 is also available for free on a £13 a month contract with Virgin Media.

“We paid close attention to user feedback when designing the Blade 3. It is the first smartphone in its price range with a 4-inch touch screen and Android 4.0 and is very well suited for the UK market,” said Kalam Meah, account director at ZTE UK.

The Blade 3 has some tough competition from the likes of the Sony Xperia Tipo and Samsung Galaxy Y - but at less than £100 and with some admittedly impressive specs, it could be a contender for the budget smartphone title.