Orange has unwittingly confirmed the successor to its hot-selling San Francisco smartphone, sporting Android Gingerbread and an array of upgrades.
The as-yet-unannounced San Francisco II seemingly cropped up out of thin air on the Help & Support section of the network’s website, giving smartfans a first glimpse of what to expect from the long-awaited sequel.
Standout features include a 3.5-inch display, same as the original San Francisco with identical 480 x 800 resolution, which is a tad disappointing. On the other hand, a five-megapixel snapper with auto focus replaces the 3.15-megapixel number of its predecessor, bringing it up to speed with most mid-range kits in market.
The processor, too, has been given a boost from 600MHz to 800MHz, though it’s doubtful that will make a considerable difference to performance for the more resource-hungry applications available nowadays. It might be of more interest to buyers that it runs the semi-latest Gingerbread iteration of Android out of the box rather than the creaking 2.1 – aka Éclair – version that the San Francisco launched with.
Of course, there are all the usual extras on board like Wi-Fi, microSD slot, HSDPA support and a whole host of Orange services preloaded.
So what’s the difference then you might ask? Well, it’s the look of the device itself, which now rocks a muck slicker, blacker and possibly slimmer chassis that’s instantly pleasing on the eye compared to the drab gun-metal grey of its older brother.
Orange has not officially unveiled the San Francisco II, but given that the support page for it is already live an announcement shouldn’t be too far behind. Keep ‘em peeled for the latest news and updates on the handset in the days to come.