ZTE confirms Windows Phone 8 handset in Q1 2013

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Remember the alledged ZTE Windows Phone 8 hardware we took a look at last month? In that article we also looked at some colourful devices that sported a centralised USB port, which is the norm with latest Windows Phone hardware. Could they have been the real deal? We're still not entirely sure which way to lean, but what we do now know is ZTE has confirmed at a conference that they'll be supporting Windows Phone 8.

The company held a conference in Italy to unveil Android hardware for the market and a Windows Phone 8 question was thrown to the representatives. The Chinese manufacturer responded with the plan to launch a Windows Phone 8 smartphone in the first quarter of 2013. Unfortunately no further details are available so this should be taken lightly until official confirmation via press release is made available.

ZTE has been in trouble recently in the US with Congressional Intelligence Committee labelling both Huawei and ZTE as security threats to the US and advised firms to not do business with them. US Cellular managed to pick up the ZTE ("Orbit") Render, a Windows Phone 7.5 handset that sports all the bells and whistles one would expect from a mid-range smartphone.

It'll be interesting to see if ZTE can penetrate into the US market with a Windows Phone 8 smartphone, and if any carrier would bother stocking it.

via: Windows Phone Italy; thanks, Emanuele, for the heads up!



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aer127 says:

That camera looks a lot like the blurry image of the Verizon 9XX that was rumored recently.

hopmedic says:

I don't think so.  This one has chrome, and that one, while blurry, doesn't appear to.  There's just enough difference in the shape, let alone the lack of yellow (which of course could be due to it being a disassembled phone, though), that I don't think it's the same phone.

JoeDizzle33 says:

It does have some similarity...size and shape look similar. Hard to tell because of the difference in the shots, but I think your onto something here.

AriesDog says:

Would any consumer trust ZTE after those allegations? I wouldn't.

tgr42 says:

Only trouble is, hardly anyone who would end up with a ZTE or Huawei phone would be informed enough to know about the allegations.  Microsoft, however, is informed and yet they still choose to do business with these companies.  Who cares about the national security of the United States.  Money money money!
Just kidding.  It's all a bunch of political BS anyway.  Right? :)

hopmedic says:

I just saw an ad this morning at the bus stop, with a picture of Obama and Eric Holder, holding ZTE and Huawei phones, respectively.

Ticomfreak says:

This could be for a MVNO in the US...

fierywater says:

The timeline matches what Sprint-based MVNO Ting said in the past about WP8 availability. Combine that with the fact that ZTE already has a relationship with Sprint and I wouldn't be surprised to see this as Sprint's first WP8 device (and, by extension, Ting's).

hopmedic says:

I'm rather confused as to how this would work... Wasn't there a story recently that said there was a ban on US businesses doing business with ZTE and Huawei?  If so, how would they do business with MS to get the OS???

ladydias says:

They aren't banned. The government just recommended that US companies not do business with them due to hacking issues.

wpguy says:

Isn't one of the new features of WP8 that all OS files (and maybe apps) are delivered in encrypted, tamper-resistent packaging? (There goes anti-skeuomorphism! ;) )

ymcpa says:

I thought the ban was for government agencies and defense contractors. If you are an executive privy to sensitive information, I would take the chance either. I don't think the chinese government will be interested in the workplace gossip that an average user would provide on their phone.

Munkeyphyst says:

I'm more interested in that tablet... Could that be a sub $300 win 8 rt?

Munkeyphyst says:

Oh Well. that sucks.  Can someone please make a $299 or $399 RT Tablet?

Oxygen22 says:

What's up with these colours? Won't we getting conventional WP phones anymore?
Ok we got that colour is good but common... 

JoeDizzle33 says:

All the carriers are also offering black and Samsung has that silvery-blue phone as well. The color phones are to help make WPs standout more in peoples hands. They are more noticeable.

Its the new stile(tile style) trust me it will make all wp8 look good in the same room next to android and apple think Easter eggs lol eye catchy u don't want to find a plain black r white egg u want all the color ones :P

Leave these copyKats out of the us no ZTE r Huawei

Skittles r more appealing then m&ms cuz all the color same with fruit loops n fruity pebbles get those over cheerios n cocoa pebbles any day even captain crunch is badass that being said color r loud and will sell look at iPod they sold alot they were colored