After spending some time with the Palm Pre in the Smartphone Round Robin, we became quite smitten with the form factor. The vertical slider is rather unique in the smartphone industry and it's surprising that out of all the Android form factors available, no one has put out a Pre-like device. Well, no more. Say hello to the ZTE Smooth which is as close to a rip off design of the Palm Pre as possible, except it doesn't manage to capture any of that Pre magic.

The ZTE Smooth is a lower end Android phone--runs Android 1.6 on a 2.8-inch QVGA screen and comes with your typical slew of connectivity options, it's expected to release in August (assumedly in China) but will probably never hit stateside. We still think a Pre-styled device is worth exploring but we'd rather have HTC or Motorola try to tackle it than ZTE. Nice try though.

[mobile163 via engadget]

 

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ZTE Smooth Android phone looks like an uglier Palm Pre

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I for one do NOT miss the Pre's form factor. It's a pain in the arse to type on and forces you to have a small screen.

I would be ALL over a Pre form factor. I spent 3 weeks with my Pre plus and if it wasnt for the fact that WEB OS isnt getting as much love as the Android OS, I would probably keep it. As a matter of fact going to return it tonight and am even wondering if Im making a mistake, but if Pre form factor with Android OS came out- heck yeah!!! I agree, there is room for a bigger screen and even slightly larger keyboard. We'll just wait and see!!! For right now, i will just stick with my Droid.

The Pre is complete and total garbage !!!! I went through 6 of those pieces of crap and finally just went and bought an HTC hero . Now I have the Google Nexus One and it is light years ahead of the Palm Pre , I will never buy another Palm product again

I've seen this on eBay billed as a "non-webOS Palm Pre." Can we say lawsuit, boys and girls?

That looks hideous! I kind of like the Palm Pre design, but this just looks like a poor knock-off. But who knows, get one in my hands and maybe I'd like it. Never really know until you give something a try. I remember all the people complaining about the Droid keyboard, and then after buying and using it, I found the keyboard to be just fine.