ZTE leaks its own Windows 8/RT/Windows Phone 8 devices?

We are normally used to seeing upcoming smartphones and tablets leaked to the Internet from third party sources. It's rare that this kind of thing comes from an executive from one of the hardware companies themselves.

Yet, that seems to be the case with a "leak" of upcoming Windows-based hardware products from Chinese company ZTE. Specifically, the images come from Dennis Lui, ZTE’s phone marketing strategy manager, via his page on the Chinese social network Sina Weibo. One post shows blurry images of three Windows Phone products, with the caption reading "two heads are better than one." This has lead to speculation that the image shows both Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.8 devices.

Yet another image on the same account also seems to show a Windows 8 or Windows RT tablet that is displayed behind a stack of colorful smartphones.

ZTE had already announced plans to release a Windows Phone device in the US earlier this year. However, both ZTE and fellow Chinese hardware maker Huawei have been under investigation by the US government, thanks to concerns that the hardware products from both companies could be used to steal information or perform cyber attacks for the Chinese government. Both ZTE and Huawei have denied these allegations.

Via: Winp.cn
Source: Sina Weibo | Images via ZTE

Thanks for the tip Greg

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it's not a leak......it's a sneak peak

EDIT: by the way, the 1st phone with red tiles...half with tiles half with none, is that a feature of some sort?

Third one running W Phone 8 app clear from GW tile, second one running WP7.5, as there is an arrow to go to apps, first one is a fake (photoshopped) as it also contains the go to apps list arrow which is not present in WP8

FMH said,
The plastic looks a bit cheap, in the last image. Probably'll be better in the real-life.

First of all, all are fake (see my reasons below). Secondly, considering cheap phones, these are aimed at developing markets where high end phones like iPhone do not sell well due to high prices (for eg. In India iPhone prices start at INR 44000 which is approx. $850 and go up to INR 60000 or approx. $1150)


The articles says the images were posted by ZTE exec. Either the exec is fake, or his account was compromised, or maybe this is the real deal.

FMH said,

The articles says the images were posted by ZTE exec. Either the exec is fake, or his account was compromised, or maybe this is the real deal.

Well none of the phones are actually running wp8.

oliver182 said,

Well none of the phones are actually running wp8.

Two of them are in the first image. It is the WP8's new home-screen with resizeable tiles. Or it could be just WP7.8.

FMH said,

Two of them are in the first image. It is the WP8's new home-screen with resizeable tiles. Or it could be just WP7.8.

Nop, that's an app for wp7 called W phone 8, it just emulates the new start screen

oliver182 said,

Nop, that's an app for wp7 called W phone 8, it just emulates the new start screen

Oh, okay.

I know people were a bit ****ed seeing the prices of Windows RT yesterday but as some people said, this is prices of OEM's and will vary. I expect ZTE to pump out a cheap Windows RT tablet, maybe in the $299-$399 range.