It was a bit weird that ZTE Tania wasn’t intended for the Chinese market the first place. After all it’s made by a Chinese brand, with lower specification that seems more like a fit for the “emerging markets”. But now according to WPDang, who has been tracking ZTE for some time, the prodigal is coming home after what looks like lackluster sales in Europe.
Tania will come to Chinese consumers in July, esclusively in WCDMA flavor. The device will be rebranded “ZTE V960W”. Interestingly, ZTE has an existing device V960, which is and Android phone featuring 4.3″ screen and a shocking price as low as 1,250 CNY (198 USD). If the new name means anything, it probably indicates a retail price for the renamed Tania. It’s worth a mention that the price for Lumia 610 in Europe, when converted to CNY (without tax), is 1,600. Thus Nokia might well be challenged on the low end.
WPDang also speculate that the ZTE Orbit shown on MWC is probably the Mimosa line repurposed for Windows Phone. Now source says the Orbit will ultimately feature a 1GHz processor, a 4″ TFT screen (WVGA, of course), 4GB internal storage, with NFC and DLNA support. However, ZTE might cut the RAM to 256MB for a more favorable price.