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ZTE Launches Its Windows Phone Device Called Tania

Chinese handset manufacturer ZTE unveiled its first Windows Phone Mango handset today at China's PT/EXPO COMM 2011 event.

An article published by Chinese website PCHome.net (opens in new tab), reports that the handset will be available both in black and white and will carry a 4.3-inch WVGA screen, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon single core SoC, 512MB RAM and 4GB onboard storage, plus the obligatory five megapixel camera

No news on availability, pricing or UK release dates have yet been communicated to us; the Tania is the first handset to adopt a woman's name and looks significantly better than the existing Skate or Blade handsets.

There's no front-facing camera though and the fact that there's only 4GB onboard storage might be a turn off for some, but we believe that ZTE will allow networks to swap the existing onboard storage (almost certainly a microSD card) for something bigger.

Specs-wise, the Tania sounds a lot like the HTC Skate, although the former has a better processor; we would therefore expect ZTE's first Windows Phone Mango handset to sell for around £250 when it launches, which would put it below the existing range of big screen Windows Phone handsets.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

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.