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ZTE Windows Phone "Mango" Smartphone Surfaces

Pictures of what appear to be the first ZTE Windows Phone handset have surfaced online courtesy of Dr. Luo Zhong Sheng, General Manager of Mobile Communications at ZTE, who posted it on his personal Weibo micro blogging account.

The device is slightly different to the ZTE Skate, the Android-based smartphone that was officially released last week by the Chinese manufacturer and which should be available later this year.

Apart from a prominent ZTE logo, the device appears to have a white colour scheme without a front facing camera but with a thin bezel. Zhong Sheng has also confirmed, according to Chinese blog, WPMind.com, that the company will produce more than one Windows Phone "Mango" device in 2011.

Surprisingly, he brazenly reckons that the Windows Phone platform will outperform Android. We suspect that the device will feature more or less the same specifications as the ZTE Skate which is known as the Orange Barcelona in the UK.

You should expect at least a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, no SD card, a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen and a five-megapixel camera with flash plus Wi-Fi. Pricewise, we suspect that it will match that of the cheapest Windows Phone 7 currently on the market, roughly £250.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.