ZTE announce Windows Phone 7 based "Tania" handset

Chinese-based smartphone maker ZTE has joined the increasingly large list of Windows Phone 7 partners who are planning to release a brand new device based on Microsoft’s upcoming Mango operating system.

According to Engadget, ZTE’s first Windows Phone device is named Tania and was originally shown to the public at the China International Communications Exhibition 2011.

What is known about the Tania device is that it will feature a single core 1GHz processor, a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage and a five-megapixel camera along with an LED based flash. All other features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS are all there too. The article does point out what the Tania device will not ship with: a front-facing camera, one of the main new features of Windows Phone Mango.

Having a lower specced device like the ZTE Tania could be good news for Microsoft as they attempt to gain ground on Google's Android operating system, which has eaten away at Microsoft’s Windows Mobile market share over the past few years. Google devices have ranged from high-end expensive smartphones, to low price, less powerful phones, which despite less speed have sold very well.

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The phone looks good and is named just like my wife =)
Too bad that it only has 4Gb storage. On my Omnia 7 apps alone weight 10+Gb.

Soldiers33 said,
can you not install a memory card?

No one knows until you open one up and see if it uses a SD card for the 4GB or if it's soldiered to the board itself.

Kuraj said,
ZTE phones are awesome, I own one myself but I'd lie if I said they were even remotely good looking .___.

Heard good things about the devices but as you say, not the best looking of phones. Still its build quality that counts for a lot of people and not always good looks.

Tom said,
Looks like a white focus. I like it though.
That's exactly what I was thinking. Wonder if Samsung will sue them for stealing their design? Outside of China, I think they'd have a pretty legitimate case, amusingly (given their current spat with Apple).

That's probably the weakest phone out there though with only 4 GB of internal storage. 8 GB is borderline too low for me these days, and 4 GB definitely is too low.

pickypg said,
That's exactly what I was thinking. Wonder if Samsung will sue them for stealing their design? Outside of China, I think they'd have a pretty legitimate case, amusingly (given their current spat with Apple).

That's probably the weakest phone out there though with only 4 GB of internal storage. 8 GB is borderline too low for me these days, and 4 GB definitely is too low.

I'd agree but you have to remember ZTE is the budget device maker. 4GB is low, yes, but we don't know the price. If it's very cheap it'll sell quite well I say.