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.