With ZTE ranked as either the fourth or fifth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, depending on who is doing the counting, Shiyou said that the company wants to break into the top three.To reach this goal, ZTE will be focusing on higher-end smartphones instead of low-priced feature phones and entry-level Android handsets. ZTE will also start producing Windows Phone powered handsets once Microsoft completes its acquisition of Nokia. Microsoft brass recently visited ZTE to assure the Chinese based manufacturer that it wants a wide range of handset manufacturers producing Windows Phone flavored models.
He Shiyou also made comments bound to start a number of rumors. The ZTE executive said that the company is considering making an acquisition or merger to add to its market share in the smartphone industry. Shiyou would not name any specific targets. BlackBerry would seem out of the question considering that the Canadian government has no intention of allowing a Chinese corporation to purchase the troubled handset manufacturer. There is speculation that a Lenovo led bid for BlackBerry was blocked by the Canadian government.