Rapidly growing Chinese handset manufacturer ZTE, currently the 7th largest OEM by volume, but rapidly creeping up to Sony Ericsson and Motorola, is promising to deliver a range of smartphones, including Windows Phone 7 devices soon.
The company, which has 30% of the Chinese market, and 4% worldwide, has been building relationships in the west, and currently ships handsets to 8 of the top 10 carriers in Europe. It has also been growing in Brazil, India and Russia.
While its Android roadmap is clear, the companyâ€™s vice president could not be as certain about the ship date of its Windows Phone 7 devices.
Zhang Xiaohong vice president of ZTEâ€™s handset product system business, said : â€œWe will work according to Microsoftâ€™s agenda to release our products.â€
When the handsets finally come the likelihood is that they will be operator branded.
â€œWe will continue to release devices under operator-brands in Europe, and will increase the number of products on which we share some branding. Own-branded devices will come further down the lineâ€ she said.
Read more about the companyâ€™s recent moves at Mobile News here.