New phones of 2012 - ZTE

ZTE may come last alphabetically, but it's not last in our hearts. This year at MWC 2012, it offered one of the first quad-core phones and a new, hopefully low-cost, Windows Phone handset. The ZTE Orbit and Era are two handsets that continue the brand's efforts to become a big-name smartphone maker, not just one that produces budget phones that networks like Orange re-brand.

ZTE Orbit

Screen 4.3in LCD

Resolution 480 x 800 pixels

OS Windows Phone

CPU 1GHz single-core

Camera 5MP, LED flash

Release Date Q2 2012

ZTE Orbit

In 140 chars - Budget Windows Phone handset. Could challenge the Nokia Lumia 610 at the right price.

ZTE Era

Screen 4.3in LCD

Resolution 540 x 960 pixels

OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

CPU Quad-core Tegra 3

Camera 8MP, LED flash

Release Date Q3 2012

ZTE Era

In 140 chars - An early quad-core phone. Nice specs. Not so sure about that clock widget.

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