ZTE, one of the biggest Chinese mobile phone makers, have also entered the list of the top 5 smartphone manufacturers in the world and shipped 8 million devices in the second quarter of 2012. It’s quite a feat, and no one could have expected that one day a Chinese company could potentially compete with with the likes of Samsung or Apple.
ZTE’s Android phones come with the latest version of ICS, but same can’t be said about their Windows Phones – this will be the first Windows 8-based smartphone from ZTE. It is expected to arrive in late 2013.
“Although we haven’t announced anything yet, I can confirm that ZTE’s first Windows Phone 8 handsets will be arriving towards middle-late 2013,” says Chris Edwards, ZTE European marketing and development director.
That’s about a year later than the launch dates of WP 8 devices of most other manufacturers: Nokia, for example, is expected to introduce its first WP 8 devices this October. Still, ZTE promises its devices will be much cheaper than those made by the leading phone manufacturers. According to Edwards, they’ll concentrate on “things that really matter”, like arming their phones with powerful batteries, good performance and nice cameras.
- Processor: Dual-Core NVIDIA Tegra 2 @1GHz (AP20)
- Display Size: 4.3-inch qHD display (960 x 540)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, DLNA, HSDPA
- Camera: Dual Camera 5MP AF Flash/0.3 MP
- User Storage: 4GB + 32GB Micro SD
- RAM: 512 MB
- Storage: 4GB, expandable to 32GB (Micro SD)
- O/S: Android 4.0 (ICS)
- Features: Dolby Mobile Sound, HD video capture and playback, HD Voice, Facetones, Evernote
Most likely they will find buyers, even if they are released towards the end of 2013, it would still be good buy for people on a budget.