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.