ZTE Skate Smartphone: UK Release Date Update

By Posted 20 Mar 2011, 18:19

Chinese mobile phone manufacturer ZTE first introduced us to the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) run Skate during the 2011 Mobile World Congress back in February. At the time the company announced that the upcoming smartphone would go on sale around the world sometime in May.

However, according to Chris Hall over at pocket-lint.com, ZTE has recently provided an update on the UK release date and although we still have not got a specific date, we do know that it will be arriving in UK stores in the early second half of this year. We guess that means around about June/July.

When asked whether the ZTE Skate – which features a 4.3-inch display, an 800MHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera – would appear as a ZTE-branded smartphone or re-branded by UK carriers, Wu Sa (ZTE UK’s director of mobile device operations) was unable to confirm the position with carriers.

However, the company did confirm that they are currently in discussions with all the tier one mobile carriers in the UK including O2, Vodafone, 3 and Everything Everywhere, who have all expressed a strong interest in ZTE’s Android run devices.

What do you think of the ZTE Skate? Would you consider buying this handset?

  • wmitch

    I have a HTC Desire HD which has similar spec apart from a faster processor and an 8 megapixel camera. I don't think that this phone is ocd enough to compete with the other phones currently On he market, and with the arrival of the iPhone 5 in June it will not stand a chance…..

    • Hitman

      iPhone5>£500
      ZTE Skate<£200
      ZTE Wins.

      • Tillaz

        Yes it wins in price only nothing els looked laggy wot i have saw

  • err

    with 4.3 screen and ZTE price band-that's a winner 100%..

  • Jimmy

    ZTE is low quality rubbish

    • Lars

      What, exactly, do you base that sweeping statement on?

  • bibberdy

    I know three people with a ZTE Blade and I have to say for an £80 phone that runs android 2.2 with fluid speed and so-so battery life, it's very impressive. The construction is fair to good, compared to some Samsung phones and I would predict that if ZTE can provide this phone at their usual low price bracket, then this phone will be extremely successful, the main reason being that developers love cheap capable phones that they can tinker with. Look forward to seeing this phone in the flesh. For the average phone user it'll be a lot cheaper then the other aspirational products out there and deliver enough of an experience that will please the demographic that ZTE targets

  • Guest

    if this phone stays cheap as zte normally sell them cheap around £100 , I would buy it as the htc desire hd is better but it cost around £300-£350 and if this is £100 you would save soo much money.

  • Tony

    I'm waiting for this to come out before buying a smartphone.
    I want I phone i'm not scared to take out with me for fear of damaging it or getting it stolen.