Though ZTE has gone on record and said that it’ll be making Windows Phone 7 devices, we’ve not seen of heard much else on the subject from the Shenzen-based firm.
However, we’ve just spotted the ZTE Tania poking its head around in a couple of pics. The photos appear to have been taken ZTE's native China on what looks to be an HTC ChaCha (have a look at the reflection on the screens).
The first ZTE phone, according to some unofficial specs, appears to have a 4.3-inch screen with a WVGA display res of 800 x 480 - the same as the Android-powered ZTE Skate (aka the Orange Monte Carlo).
Other rumoured specs include:
- 5-megapixel camera with autofocus
- 1GHz processor
- 10.5mm wide body
- UMTS / HSPA + 900/2100MHz bands
- 3D acceleration
- 512MB of RAM
- 4GB storage
- 1400mAh battery
The first couple of specs aren’t shockers - they’re Windows Phone 7 standard. Ditto the screen resolution. This leads us to wonder about that purported 4GB of storage. As everyone knows, 8GB is the smallest amount of memory you can have on a WP7 phone.
We spoke to ZTE for some illumination on the matter and it got back to us with the following statement:
“ZTE is developing a wide range of exciting new smartphones and has made no secret of the fact that it is developing devices based on the Windows Phone OS. The device in question, the Tania, has not been officially unveiled, the final specs are not yet set and we cannot talk about launch strategies at this stage.”
Sounds about right; we reckon ZTE might want to think about at least doubling the storage if the specs are accurate.
But what about that name though? We know that ZTE has gone for a space-themed naming convention with its Libra and Tureis Android phones. So perhaps ‘Tania’ is short for Titania, one of the moons of Uranus. Of course, if they called it the ZTE Titania, well, it might sound a little too much like the HTC Titan...
Still, a ZTE made Windows Phone 7 device with a price around that of the Skate (£249) could do well...