China telecommunications manufacturer ZTE will be providing Orange UK with the ZTE “Monte Carlo” nee Skate cell phone. The Monte Carlo will be supporting HD voice among its other features.
The Inquirer broke the story earlier this week when Orange UK put up the phone on its web site as “Coming Soon”. The phone comes with a 4.3 touch screen, 5 MP camera, Android 2.3, FM radio, and support for HSDPA/3G+. Talk time is expected to be about 5 hours with a standby battery life of 12 days.
Orange says Monte Carlo will be an exclusive but wouldn’t talk about a firm release date. The Inquirer thinks Monte will be priced “very competitively.”