ZTE has pushed out a new phone bearing the Windows Phone 7 OS.
The rather strangely named ZTE Tania (though it isn’t the worst mobile name we’ve ever heard, that accolade is still held by numerous HTC efforts) is different from the traditional WP7 handset in that it’s a budget conscious affair.
Although it isn’t as cheap as the likes of the ZTE Blade (Orange San Francisco) at under a hundred quid, with the Tania weighing in at £250 sim-free (at least that’s what online retailer Clove has priced it at). The tech spec includes a 4.3 inch 800×480 display along with a 1GHz processor, although on board storage has been cut down to just 4GB. There’s also a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash.
It’s a relatively slim handset which is just a smidgeon over 1cm in depth, and it comes with Mango WP7.5 on board, naturally. Contract deals are expected to run between £10 and £20 per month, with Virgin Media already signed up to take the phone on. Mr Wu Sa, director of mobile device operations, ZTE UK, commented: “We’re delighted to be working with Microsoft and as a key partner will support the industry forecasted growth on this exciting new platform with both the ZTE Tania and in the future a growing range of devices.”
“Last year, ZTE announced its plans to build market presence with ZTE branded devices with the release of the ZTE Skate, Libra and Tureis. Our first own-brand handset to enter the market in 2012 is the ZTE Tania.” The Tania is available for pre-order now, and Clove reckons stock will be pitching up on February 13th, just before Valentine’s Day.