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Stop trying to make the Nubia W5 happen! Its not going to happen.

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We’ve just been tipped of another great picture of the ZTE Nubia W5, a rumoured ZTE handset with pretty amazing specs, showing up in China on the Weibo social network.

The image, which is meant to be of an actual handset, looks very realistic, but these days of course a picture is not really proof of anything.

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Report: Nokia May Be Restricted From Increasing Patent Fees In China After Microsoft Deal


Earlier this week, we reported that Microsoft-Nokia deal is in the second-phase of anti-trust investigation in China, as Chinese OEMs and regulators fear that Nokia’s patent fees for the China’s domestic handset vendors might go up after this deal gets over. Today, Bloomberg reported that local Chinese OEMs has asked regulators to make sure Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset business doesn’t result in higher patent fees on wireless technology.

Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp.asked China’s Ministry of Commerce to set conditions on the deal making sure Microsoft doesn’t raise patent licensing fees afterward, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter. The ministry is conducting an anti-monopoly review of the deal.

Microsoft and Nokia is expecting to close the deal in early 2014 and any delay in China due to the above issues may further push the deal closing date in 2014. I hope Chinese regulators and Nokia soon sort out the differences to clear this deal.

Source: Bloomberg

Despite Nokia deal ZTE back in the Windows Phone game says exec


Speaking to the Financial Times, He Shiyou, executive vice-president and head of the handset business of ZTE said the company would return to producing Windows Phone handsets, after initially being put off by Microsoft’s deal to purchase Nokia’s handset division.

Microsoft executives visited ZTE this month to reassure the company that the US group wanted to maintain a wide network of handset makers rather than simply make its own Windows phones.

“Initially we were hesitant [but] after clarification from Microsoft about industry support we are willing to commit to Windows platform again.”

He Shiyou told FT the company wanted to make the jump out of the “second tier” of smartphone makers into the top three manufacturers, currently being placed either 4th or 5th in the rankings, with about 5% of the market, and would consider acquisitions or mergers to grow market share.

“The next three years will be critical for ZTE’s devices business. There is a window of opportunity to push ZTE into the top three in terms of market share,” he said.

The company was rumoured to be working on a Windows Phone (above) with full HD resolution and DST technology in late 2012.  Who knows, we might see the handset come to market after all.

Via FT

Mysterious ZTE Windows Phone with 5.9 inch Full HD screen teased


Lu Qian Hao, head of market strategy for ZTE has dropped this bombshell on Weibo, China’s twitter equivalent.

He posted this picture and tweeted that their new Windows Phone will have a 5.9 inch full HD (1920X1080 pixels) screen and have flagship status.

The handset will also be quipped with DTS audio technology to add to the movie experience.

Of course Microsoft never announced support for Full HD screen resolution, meaning we would suggest the claims are taken with a large shovel of salt, but if true it would be rather glorious.

Via CNBeta.com

Thanks hengxiang32401  from Winp.cn for the tip.

ZTE confirms they will deliver a Windows phone 8 handset in Q1 2013


At a press conference for the launch of one of their Android handsets ZTE has confirmed they will be delivering a Windows Phone 8 handset in Q1 2013.

Such a device has previously been teased by ZTE, who tweeted the above, intentionally blurred picture.

We have previously heard that the company intends to release a “premium” Windows Phone 8 handset, but it remains likely that the eventually device will not command a high price, which should be good news for those looking for a good Windows phone 8 handset on a budget.

Via WindowsPhoneItaly.

ZTE teases their Windows Phone 8/7.8 range



WinCP.cn reports that Dennis Lui, ZTE’s phone marketing strategy manager, has tweeted a picture of what appears to be a Windows Phone range by ZTE on the 16th.

The picture is blurry (seemingly intentionally) but the fact that they are Windows Phone handsets are clear.

The picture was accompanied by the caption:

“Two heads are better than one, MacroHard”, “Two heads are better moral of Microsoft’s three systems: WP7.5, WP7.8, WP8 MacroHard Microsoft “Microsoft” joked – “Ju hard”.

The line refers presumably to the presence of both Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 handsets in the market at the same time or of using both Android and Windows Phone.  It has been rumoured that Microsoft intends to keep Windows Phone 7.x alive to address the low-end of the market while using Windows Phone 8 for the mid to high end smartphones.

ZTE has released some Windows Phone 7.5 handsets before, including the ZTE Tania.

Lui also tweeted another picture of an unknown Windows RT tablet which can be seen after the break.

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ZTE to release a ‘premium’ Windows Phone 8 handset in 2013

imageWe have already had reports via Chinese publications that ZTE was planning to release a Windows Phone handset in Q1 2013.

Now 3G.co.uk has been able to confirm the report and add some colour to the rumour.

They were able to confirm ZTE would be producing at least one smartphone running Windows Phone 8, to be released in 2013.

They also said ZTE was hoping to release a premium Windows Phone 8 smartphone, as the company had the ambition to move up from their current bargain-basement brand.

They were however planning to price the handsets competitively, knowing their brand can not yet command as high prices as Samsung for example.

The company had already launched two Windows Phone 7 handsets, the ZTE Tania and ZTE Orbit, and has recently announced that they expect Windows Phones to make up 10% of their shipments.

Source: 3g.co.uk

ZTE to deliver Windows Phone 8 handsets in Q2 2013

When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 amongst the companies delivering new handsets ZTE was prominently missing.

The company had already launched two Windows Phone 7 handsets, the ZTE Tania and ZTE Orbit, and has recently announced that they expect Windows Phones to make up 10% of their shipments.

Now Chinese publication Saunche.net reports that ZTE expects to deliver Windows Phone 8 handsets in the second quarter of 2013.

The information was announced by Kan Yu Lun, deputy general manager, chief technology officer of mobile phone products system, ZTE, who said ZTE was stepping up their investment in Windows Phone.

Noting that Windows Phone was still in its initial stage in China, with less than 1% market share, he said this was an opportunity to get into the market early.

While ZTE will primarily serve the Chinese market, the company has ambitions to be a global player, and already has various Android handsets in western markets.

Read more at Saunche here.

ZTE favours a 3rd ecosystem, will bring ZTE Tania to USA

ZTE’s head of the North American business, Lixin Cheng, has told CNET that they intend to bring the ZTE Tania to the United States by the end of the year.

The majority of ZTE’s smartphones run Android, but Cheng told CNET he prefers Windows Phone over the Google OS.

"In my personal experience, the iPhone, of course, has a well-polished user interface experience," Cheng told CNET. "And then Windows, and then Android."

ZTE currently have 2 Windows Phones in their stable, the ZTE Tania and the ZTE Orbit, currently being sold in China and UK.

Cheng said it was difficult to convince Microsoft to allow them to make the low-end Windows Phones they needed to compete in the market. With the help of Nokia Microsoft did however come round in the end.

"The prices of products aren’t decided by what you do as a company," Cheng said. "It’s more decided on the competition and the market."

Cheng said he believes Microsoft’s mobile OS has all the elements to be successful in the market.

"Fundamentally, for the health of the ecosystem and industry," he said, "we need a third operating system.

More details on the ZTE Windows Phone 7 handset to be announced at MWC 2012

ZTE Mimosa Windows Phone mockup


WPDang reports that ZTE is planning to announce a Windows Phone running Tango for the Chinese market at Mobile World Congress over the next few days.

The handset will apparently be a volume play and will have identical internals to its recently announced Mimosa X Android handset, which features a 4.3-inch screen, 5-megapixel camera, front-facing camera, and 4GB of internal storage.

The handset is expected to launch in April and will be priced competitively with the Nokia Lumia 710.

The mock-up of the handset, by WindowsPhoneDaily.com, is based on the ZTE Mimosa, and the Windows Phone version is not expected to be too much different.

Via WindowsPhoneDaily.com

ZTE Tania announced for UK

The ZTE Tania has been announced for distribution in the UK.  The budget handset will be available on Go Mobile, Virgin Mobile and possibly Expansys or Phones4U and will be on sale for only £10-£20 on contract , which is a great price for a 4.3 inch screen, 5 megapixel camera and 1 Ghz processor.

The handset also comes with mobile hotspot enabled from the start, something TechRadar notes even the Lumia 800 did not manage.

ZTE-Tania_000009-580x435The handset’s main defect is the non-expandable 4 GB storage, with only 2.5 GB available to the user, but reviewers note the screen is also of pretty low quality, but that is rather to be expected from a budget handset.

Slashgear notes the camera is pretty reasonable (right), and the 1400 mAh battery managed to last a full day on default settings.

Leila Martine, director of Windows Phone UK, told Pocket-lint: "Having ZTE join the Windows Phone family is great news. Their expertise will be crucial in delivering Windows Phone to new and different customers. We look forward to continuing and developing our relationship with ZTE in the future".

Via Slashgear.com

ZTE bringing a Windows Phone to USA this year

ZTE has told AllThingsD it intends to bring a Windows Phone to USA this year. The company already produces the low-end but good looking ZTE Tania, which is being sold carrier-branded by SFR in France.

The company will likely take a similar carrier-branded approach in USA.

“We understand the U.S. market is primarily a market driven by the carriers,” ZTE U.S. CEO Lixin Cheng said in an interview at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show. “Compared with some of our competitors, we are more willing to customize our product.”

Cheng noted that Microsoft is a key partner for his company for its current “Mango” version of Windows Phone, as well as for its upcoming “Tango” low-end effort. ZTE is also interested in what Microsoft has in store with Windows 8.

“We will launch an LTE smartphone, tablet and mobile hotspot, and other data products in the United States,” Cheng said. “That’s our strategy this year.”

The company will deliver both Android and Windows Phone devices however.

“We will make sure we have a wide competence in-house to support both operating systems,” Cheng said.

ZTE is currently the world’s 4th largest OEM, and hopes its low-end ambitions will provide it with even more success.

Read more at AllthingsD here.

ZTE Tania now available on SFR France, only has 4 GB of storage

The ZTE Tania is now available on SFR France as the “Windows Phone Internet Phone, the Windows Phone by SFR”

The 10.7 mm thick device with a 4.3 inch screen unfortunately only has 4 GB storage, with only 3 GB available to the user which is not expandable.  The marketing emphasize the 25 GB storage on SkyDrive.

The handset is being sold as a white label device by the carrier, without any ZTE branding, for SFR, and appears to cost 269 Euro unlocked.

Read more at MonWindowsPhone.com here and find the device at SFR here.

Having recently repeatedly run into the 8 GB limit on my HTC Trophy, do our readers think Microsoft is doing the image of Windows Phone damage by allowing a device with such low, non-expandable storage to be shipped? Let us know below.