Microsoft's list of mobile phone
manufacturers that plan on taking the plunge with their recently announced Windows Phone 7 Series platform has been increased by one. Chinese manufacturer ZTE may have missed making the cut on making Microsoft's initial list of partners, but they're springing ahead by announcing that they plan on creating phones based on the new platform. ZTE Europe CEO Lin Qiang stated that "We have our Windows Phone 7 that we are going to launch in Q4 at the end of this year." In light of all the news surrounding the new platform, most manufacturers still sees a profit to be made on the Windows Mobile 6.5 platform – ZTE will continue to support the platform in the form of low-cost or smaller devices. It would make some sense when you consider the high-end specs required by Windows Phone 7 Series. Qiang goes on to say that "We will develop 7 and 6.5 devices in parallel. The requirements of hardware are totally different."