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It looks like ZTE and Virgin Mobile UK and made friends as today sees them announce the ZTE kis, a small budget Android smartphone which should be on sale today. The kis will be an exclusive initially from Virgin and will retail at just £49.99 on pay-as-you-go.

These budget Android devices seem al the rage at the moment. It was only yesterday we saw Motorola announce the MOTOSMART for T-Mobile and the Carphone Warehouse. This new ZTE offering certainly is the cheapest new release we have seen in the Android camp. A good result for Google if it will get the OS into new customers hands.

Features of the ZTE kis include:

  • 3.5" display, HVGA 480*320, 262k colours, TFT, capacitive
  • 800Mhz processor
  • 3.2MP camera with auto focus and 2 x digital zoom
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.12, WiFi, GPS, WAP 2.0, Tri Band
  • Storage: 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, MicroSD support up to 32GB. 2GB card included
  • Dimensions: 114.4 x 61.6 x 11.5mm. Weight: 120g
  • Battery: 140 mAp Li-Ion

You can see the full press release below.

11 July 2012, London, UK - ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has launched its Kis smartphone, which will be distributed in the UK through Virgin Media from 11 July 2012. Available exclusively from Virgin Media at launch, the ZTE Kis is a feature-packed Android handset entering the Pay As You Go (PAYG) market as the best value Android available at just £49.99*.

In addition, Virgin Media is offering its customers 1GB data free per month for 12 months, making it ideal for customers who love to stay connected on the move and want to make the most of having access to over 600,000 Android apps through Google Play. 

This is the second smartphone that ZTE has launched in partnership with Virgin Media, following the launch of the ZTE Tania Windows Phone earlier this year.

With a quality, high-end design, ZTE’s Kis is a great value smartphone that delivers on functionality at a cost-effective price for the style-conscious consumer. The 2GB memory card included allows for plenty of storage for photos and music files, while the 3.2MP Auto Focus camera with digital zoom provides the capability to take high quality pictures. Users can also share photos and tracks online using the smartphone’s Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities, and the handset’s fast 800MHz processor provides for swift operation and enables customers to enjoy smooth video playback and run apps with ease.

Jamie Heywood, director of mobile at Virgin Media said: “With the Kis, ZTE has designed a handset that meets customer requirements for a rich Android experience at a very affordable price for PAYG customers. With plentiful features and an abundance of apps to choose from through Google Play Store the ZTE Kis certainly delivers on that.

“We’re bundling in a huge amount of data to complement this Android handset for our PAYG customers. This is yet another example how Virgin Media is raising the bar in the mobile market because we know how much our customers love to be connected no matter where they are without worrying about expensive bills.”

“The launch of the ZTE Kis is a further demonstration of our commitment to building the ZTE brand in Europe and the UK across a number of price points and operating systems, which will continue with new devices throughout the remainder of 2012 and in 2013. It is also an example of our commitment to providing our customers with quality devices at affordable prices under the vibrant ZTE brand proposition,” said Wu Sa, Director of Mobile Device Operations at ZTE UK.


Reader comments

ZTE team up with Virgin Mobile UK and announce the ZTE kis, budget Android device


Well doesn't that look like an old iPhone... oh, wait, no! It looks like the 'new' BlackBerry (whenever it comes out)! :P This would still make a great budget phone, though :)

ICS and Jellybean are NOT going to run on a device with 256mb of RAM. It takes damn near that amount just to boot up ICS, probably more, can't even remember the exact amount right now.

It is time to up the specifications to the HD2 level. Demanding that a "budget device" mid-2012 are on par with a highend device fall-2009 is not too much.

This baby offers a worse screen, less RAM, worse camera, slower CPU etc than the HD2. To find similar specifications to this, it is necessary to go even more years back in time. 3.2 MP cameras has been offered since 2006 (with the Nokia N73).

Yes, I know that it is a "budget device" but even those should follow the development. Otherwise, the best solution is as always: a used highend device for a similar amount of money.

I agree with E90 Commie. What point is there in buying a "budget" handset when you can buy last year's tech for a similar price and get more bang for your buck? I think manufacturers should reposition their older tech as budget phones instead of making phones that no one will buy