Orange Euro road-trip: Barcelona, Stockholm and Monte Carlo

Orange has detailed the release plans for its three new budget smartphones - the Orange Barcelona, the Orange Stockholm and the Orange Monte Carlo.

Starting with the the Orange Stockholm (which is a re-branded version of the Huawei U8160), this is an Android 2.2 device with a 2.8-inch QVGA TFT capacitive touch screen and a 3.2-megapixel camera.

It packs HSDPA 3G+ with UMA signal boost (meaning that you'll be able to connect to friendly Wi-Fi networks and receive your voice calls and messages via Wi-Fi rather than over the 3G network) along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and has all the other ingredients that will keep its tween-based target market happy - such as an FM radio, an MP3 player, and push email.

Next up is the Orange Barcelona, which Pocket-lint got hands-on with last month. The Barcelona is a re-skinned Huawei Boulder with entry level specs.

It packs the Qualcomm MSM7225 processor clocked at 528MHz (not confirmed by Orange, but those are the specs from the Boulder) and a 3.2-megapixel camera around the back.

It has a 2.6-inch touchscreen (supporting multitouch) as well as the full QWERTY keyboard beneath it. It packs Froyo and supports a couple of network features from Orange - the first being HD Voice and the second, like the Stockholm, being UMA.

The Orange Monte Carlo is a Gingerbread device that Pocket-lint first saw back in March.  It's powered by an 800MHz chip and has a 4.3-inch display and a 5-megapixel camera. There are also HD Voice capabilities and HSDPA, 3G+, DLNA and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Monte Carlo is, in fact, the ZTE Skate in new clothes and is possibly the most attractive sounding Orange branded budget smartphone yet.

The Orange Stockholm will be priced at £79.99 on PAYG, the Barcelona is £20 more (or free on contract). There's no pricing yet for the Monte Carlo, but Orange says that it'll be coming this summer.



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