Chinese mobile phone vendor ZTE has announced the addition of another Windows Phone device to its portfolio as it looks to offer an alternative to the wide range of Android devices available.
The device, named the Orbit, will run the latest version of Windows Phone, known as Mango, and will have 4GB of internal memory, a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash and high-definition voice calling capabilities, according to the firm.
Executive vice president of ZTE's terminal division He Shiyou, said the partnership with Microsoft was a key strategy for the firm as it looks to establish itself in the competitive smartphone market.
"The Windows Phone platform is as powerful as it is intuitive, enabling us to create and deliver exciting new devices that meet real consumer demand," he said.
"Our partnership with Microsoft is a key component of our strategy to grow our share of the smartphone market. ZTE is proud to be at the forefront of device manufacturers who are using the Windows Phone platform."
Microsoft welcomed the announcement and will be hoping the continued push by the Chinese firm into Western markets, and its strength in Eastern markets, can help its platform grow in the face of intense competition from Android and Apple.
No pricing information was provided on the device but it is set to be launched in the second quarter of 2012, likely April or May.
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