ZTE's Windows Phone for Vodafone to Launch Next Week

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A new Windows-based smartphone for Vodafone will be launched by China's ZTE at next week's Mobile World Congress, it said Tuesday.

The Vodafone 1231, some details of which were already made public though a U.S. regulatory filing with the Federal Communications Commission, is a GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications)-based handset with EDGE data support. It has a QWERTY keyboard and features include a 1.3 megapixel camera and GPS (Global Positioning System).

The phone will be one of ten new handset designs on show by ZTE at the expo, which is taking place in Barcelona.

Among the others are new additions to the company's "Xiang" range of 3G handsets, the E760 GSM handset for China Mobile, the D820/D810 CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) phone for China Telecom and the U981 smartphone that was used by China Mobile during last year's Beijing Olympic Games.

More details on the handsets can be expected next week. Pricing and availability for the phones was not announced.

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