Well-known makers of budget mobile phones ZTE has just launched their very first Window Phone 7 handset, known as Tania, where ITProPortal has discovered the device does not reach the Microsoft published requirements for running that very OS.
Microsoft hardware specifications for running the Windows Phone 7 platform are stated here, where the document clearly states "256 MB (or more) of RAM and 8 GB (or more) of flash storage" is required.
The ZTE Tania arrives with only 4GB of internal storage, which is the lowest of any Microsoft Windows Phone 7 run handset.
This storage capacity doesn't meet the WP7 specifications, set out by Microsoft - who also notes "The Windows Phone specifications ensure that every Windows Phone has a consistent set of features".
We have since approached Microsoft for a comment on the matter, where the Seattle company has replied with - "The ZTE Tania is fully compliant with the hardware requirements for Windows Phone. Microsoft has adjusted Windows Phone hardware requirements for development of future devices to ensure consumers have a variety of hardware to choose from at competitive prices."
This could mean that Microsoft is adjusting their standards even further, after the company downgraded the specifications in September, making the camera, compass and gyroscope optional.
Microsoft hasn't made public any more moves on reducing the requirements of running Windows Phone 7 any more, but it is thought an upcoming version of the platform known as 'Tango' could be targeted at a lower set of specifications for phones.
This would be good for Nokia, who has good sales figures in emerging markets where Microsoft isn't that well established.
Nokia and a lower set of requirements for Windows Phone 7 would go hand-in-hand for producing more low-costing devices, and we might have just seen the shift in all of this, with the ZTE Tania mobile phone.