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French operator Orange unveils three new Android phones: Nivo, Lumo, San Remo

The French operator Orange has just announced three new phones, one of which is MediaTek powered, while another has tri-band 4G LTE support!
February 22, 2013

The French operator Orange, which actually serves quite a few number of countries, has today announced three new Android smartphone. Two of them use Qualcomm chips, but one of them, the San Remo, uses a MediaTek chip. Let’s just dive right in:

The Nivo is the cheapest of the three, though we don’t exactly have a price tag yet. It’s going to have a 4 inch 800 x 480 screen and a 5 megapixel camera. Under the hood there’s a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 clocked at 1 GHz. And Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is on-board.

Next up the ladder is the San Remo. Like we said earlier, it uses a MediaTek chip, which something that’s quite rare in Europe. The chip in question is the MT6577, which is a dual core ARM Cortex A9 part that’s clocked at 1 GHz. The phone has a gigantic 4.7 inch screen that painfully only does 800 x 480 pixels. And as for the cameras, 8 megapixels on the back, 2 megapixels on the front.

And finally, the cock of the walk, we have the Lumo. It’s Orange’s first network branded smartphone to have 4G LTE. It’s going to support the 800 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 2600 MHz bands. As for the specs, you’re looking at a 4.5 inch display that does 960 × 540 pixels, 8 megapixel camera, and a dual core processor (Qualcomm S4 Plus) clocked at 1.2 GHz.

We really wish we could tell you how much these devices cost, but that information wasn’t provided. We don’t even know which European countries will get which phones. We’ll try to get some answers at Mobile World Congress next week. We’re really curious to know who made these things. Huawei? ZTE? An unknown Chinese player we haven’t even heard of yet?

Update: There’s a really nice collection of hands-on photos of these phones on The Next Web.