ZTE CEO:“I think next year you will see Windows (Phone) will come back strongly.”

During a panel on the 3/11/11  at the Open Mobile World conference Lixin Cheng, CEO of ZTE’s U.S. division expressed the belief that there was a distinct role for Windows Phone 7 as the third ecosystem.

“I do believe the industry needs another operating system to keep competition healthy,” Cheng said.

Unlike Sony Ericsson chief technology officer Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt, who said “We’re an all Android company now,” Cheng affirmed that ZTE is committed to both Windows and Android.

He predicted, “I think next year you will see Windows will come back strongly.”

Kevin Packingham, a senior vice president at Samsung, agreed.

“I would never characterize Microsoft as a ‘hedge your bets’ strategy,” he said. “We have a great partnership with Google, but Microsoft has done some very innovative things which will make it very popular.”

ZTE is showing their commitment by releasing the ZTE Tania, which has a 4.3” TFT LCD screen, HSPA+ data speeds, and a 1.0 GHz single-core processor. The phone also has a new 5-megapixel rear camera, no front-facing camera, and 4 GB of storage. It will be launched in Europe Q4 2011, and in China early January, 2012. (Full specs…)

Read the full article at ZDNet here.

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