The fifth-largest manufacturer in the phone space–the second largest in China–is finally jumping into the Windows Phone space with the ZTE Tania. The announcement at China’s 2011 PT/EXPO COMM on Monday provides the first official look at the handset, which was mentioned at the late May Windows Phone event and briefly leaked at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in mid-July.
ZTE’s debut Windows Phone handset will come with a 4.3-inch TFT display at a resolution of 800 x 400, a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 5MP camera. Unfortunately, it only comes with a measly 4GB of internal storage, much less than even the 8GB of memory we bemoan on other devices.
The specs are certainly on the low-end for a Windows Phone, even more so than the first generation hardware. Of course, there might be a method behind the madness. LiveSide believes that ZTE might be aiming for a low-budget phone, which would explain the somewhat disappointing specs.
ZTE hasn’t disclosed information on the release date or pricing yet, but the ZTE Tanzia will be made available in black and white color schemes and run the Windows Phone Mango update.