ZTE goes XXL with 5.9-inch 1080p Windows Phone 8 handset

When Microsoft formally announced Windows Phone 8 in San Francisco all the way back in June, it revealed that there would be four manufacturers offering the first wave of WP8 handsets. In the weeks and months since then, we've seen Nokia (Lumia 920 and Lumia 820), HTC (Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S) and Samsung (ATIV S) reveal their devices, while Huawei's first WP8 handset has also been leaked, although the company stated in late September that it wasn't planning any formal announcements any time soon.

But behind the scenes, of course, Microsoft is continuing to promote Windows Phone 8 to its hardware partners, some of which are already quietly working on WP8 devices.

ZTE is one such manufacturer, and is no stranger to the Windows Phone ecosystem, having already launched budget-friendly WP7 handsets. Despite not being one of the launch partners for Windows Phone 8, ZTE's head of market strategy, Lu Qian Hao, released an image via Weibo - Twitter's Chinese equivalent - showing an as-yet announced handsets in two colours. Don't be too put off by the old-school Windows Phone logo; that's likely just a symptom of these being development/pre-released handsets.

According to the brief information that he shared, the new device dwarfs everything else in the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem, including the 4.8-inch Samsung ATIV S. Even Samsung's enormous 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II is dwarfed by the new ZTE handset, which has a collossal 5.9-inch display, which the executive claims offers Full HD 1080p resolution.

Since Windows Phone 8 doesn't officially support the 1920x1080px resolution, it could be that the executive misspoke - but a tweet from the usually well-informed @MS_nerd appears to shed some light on this, as well as apparently revealing the name of the new device - the ZTE Blade 8:

The device is also said to include support for DTS technologies for superior audio playback, and according to @MS_nerd, it will also feature new Microsoft-implemented stylus support for certain apps. Pricing and availability information for the Blade 8 are of course unknown at this stage, but China's CNBeta.com reports that ZTE previously stated plans to launch a Windows Phone 8 device in the first quarter of next year.

This isn't the first time a ZTE executive has shared images of upcoming Windows hardware on Weibo; in September, images of a Windows tablet and Windows Phone appeared on the account of the company's phone marketing strategy manager.

Source: CNBeta.com | via Redmond Pie

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umDr0mPuyQc

I hope these kind of sizes are not staying for long. I'm already pretty annoyed with the taller screen of the iPhone 5.

Any higher than 4,5" is ridiculous in my opinion, although I could stretch to 4,7" since the Lumia 920 looks pretty neat, and perhaps it's successor will also.

So I hope that when I'm buying my next phone the high-end-ones won't have these ridiculous screen sizes.

MickeForsberg said,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umDr0mPuyQc

I hope these kind of sizes are not staying for long. I'm already pretty annoyed with the taller screen of the iPhone 5.

Any higher than 4,5" is ridiculous in my opinion, although I could stretch to 4,7" since the Lumia 920 looks pretty neat, and perhaps it's successor will also.

So I hope that when I'm buying my next phone the high-end-ones won't have these ridiculous screen sizes.

I personally like a smaller screen, but I also have colleagues that would love a slightly larger screen, as they use their phone more like a tablet/entertainment device. This way they don't have to carry a tablet, and only need their phone and an ultrabook.

Everyone is going to want different things. This is why Microsoft's model for Windows Phone is solid even if it will take a few years to hit critical mass. It has all the benefits of iPhone, and all the hardware choice options of Android.

thenetavenger said,

I personally like a smaller screen, but I also have colleagues that would love a slightly larger screen, as they use their phone more like a tablet/entertainment device. This way they don't have to carry a tablet, and only need their phone and an ultrabook.

Everyone is going to want different things. This is why Microsoft's model for Windows Phone is solid even if it will take a few years to hit critical mass. It has all the benefits of iPhone, and all the hardware choice options of Android.

Of course, I just hope that the high-end units are the enormous ones, and the low-end are in "regular size"

mr_sock_00 said,
Only thing I worry about ZTE and Huawei is they give chinese government all access to your information.

skydrive, skype anyone?

mr_sock_00 said,
Only thing I worry about ZTE and Huawei is they give chinese government all access to your information.

Windows Phone = Microsoft ensuring they do not...

This is not some uncheck or easily mutable Android OS build that can have hidden tracking/reporting.

Btw, by spending money on ZTE or Huawei products (which contain lots of stolen western technologies) your money dissapears in the pockets of the booming expanding Chinese milionairs instead of the struggling western economy.

Lina Stein said,
Btw, by spending money on ZTE or Huawei products (which contain lots of stolen western technologies) your money dissapears in the pockets of the booming expanding Chinese milionairs instead of the struggling western economy.

so you're saying that we should be buying Apples iphones (US), Nokias lumias (Finnish) or other western company that outsources their factories to China?

Lina Stein said,
Btw, by spending money on ZTE or Huawei products (which contain lots of stolen western technologies) your money dissapears in the pockets of the booming expanding Chinese milionairs instead of the struggling western economy.

What a load of crap - everything sitting inside a ZTE and Huawei device has been manufactured by big western countries like Qualcomm, Broadcom and Imagination Technologies.

Lina Stein said,
Btw, by spending money on ZTE or Huawei products (which contain lots of stolen western technologies) your money dissapears in the pockets of the booming expanding Chinese milionairs instead of the struggling western economy.

Yeah better to buy 'Merican where those profiteering capitalists pocket the money up front instead of paying their fair share of taxes, which in part go to pay interest payments to the very Chinese you are trying to dissuade people from supporting.

Lina Stein said,
Btw, by spending money on ZTE or Huawei products (which contain lots of stolen western technologies) your money dissapears in the pockets of the booming expanding Chinese milionairs instead of the struggling western economy.

Not to be rude, but you TRULY do not understand global economics. Apple is putting more money into China than companies from China.


Apple is sad example of a company that could do better to help workers and jobs in the USA and simply does not. They are also a part of the current 'Galt' recession that is hording cash to gain government and political leverage in the USA, that doesn't care if they tank the US market or economy.

Apple has the money and resources to move all their production back to the US and still make a good profit. Especially a more modern facility with automation.


I have no problem buying non-American company products when some of these companies are shoving more money into the US and Europeon countries than companies that originated in the US and Europe.

On the other hand - I don't think they planned for phones to be nearly 6", and even a 5" display at 720p you pretty much can't see the pixels, so anything more would have been silly.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I didn't realise that WP8 won't support 1080p. It's pretty bizarre when Microsoft has promoted flexible resolutions on the desktop.

Technically it does, but that is not a target size for developers. WP8 scales just like Windows 8, so at the very least it will be a non-block resample up for current application bitmaps and native resolution fonts, controls and vector graphics.
(People are too accustomed to Android and iOS where higher resolutions require a rewrite for proper support of higher resolutions.)

As for developer target size, 720p was what Microsoft set as a target/baseline for small HD displays, as others have pointed out, at even 720p pixel density and anti-aliasing, it is higher quality than magazine print, and can produce pixels smaller than the human eye can see.

So I guess if MFRS want to go there, 1080p will be an official target size for 8.1's release.


I think any MFR that wants to build a 1080p device and have stylus support would be better off to use Windows RT, that has full support throughout the OS for handwriting. The only missing piece is a UI for the dialer, as the OS already has full support for cellular radio chipsets and voice. Then the MFR could offer the full versions of Word and Excel and OneNote that do Ink.

wow... just recently upgraded the screen of my laptop up to 108ßp.... now that on a phone, sounds... interesting.

I have the ZTE Blade and Skate android phones and if they are anything to go by the build quality will be atrocious on this phone, specs sound good though.