6/16/2011 3:20:00 PM
Orange Barcelona and Stockholm handsets to launch on 1 July
Orange is to launch two own brand Android handsets, the Orange Barcelona and Orange Stockholm, on 1 July. The Barcelona has been listed on Orange’s website as ‘coming soon’, but the Stockholm is
a new announcement.
Both phones were built by Huawei and claim to have the sophistication of higher end smartphones but for much cheaper prices. Orange has yet to confirm pricing, but the handsets are expected to go on sale at sub-£100 price points.
Both handsets will come preloaded with Orange’s Signal Boost smart Wi-Fi service provided by Kineto Wireless. This allows customers to switch the devices to Wi-Fi using any available Wi-Fi access point, including their own wireless router at home. Users retain the full range of services available on the macrocellular network.
The Barcelona will be available on postpay, prepay and in the business channel. The Stockholm is expected to retail for around £20 cheaper than the Barcelona and will only be available on prepay.
The Barcelona runs on the Android 2.2 Froyo OS and features a 2.6-inch TFT touch-screen, QWERTY keypad, 3.2-megapixel camera and an FM radio. The slim, lightweight phone is 63mm wide, 115mm long, 9.9mm deep and weighs just 115g. It also comes with Orange’s HD Voice service.
The Stockholm is another Android Froyo phone that features a full touch-screen. It is being marketed as an entry-level smartphone for those looking to move up from a feature phone.