ZTE might be planning to one-up HTC (with its J Butterfly and soon to be announced Droid DNA for Verizon) by releasing a 5.9-inch smartphone with a 1080p Full HD touchscreen. HTC’s offerings have ‘just’ a 5-inch display. Of course, with the resolution being the same, ZTE’s device will have lower ppi – but it will completely blur the already slim line between phones and tablets.
It would be even bigger than the already huge Samsung Galaxy Note II. And most interesting of all? It will be a Windows Phone.
That’s what is obvious from the image you can see above, which has been posted on Weibo by Lu Qian Hao, ZTE’s head of market strategy. The upcoming phone doesn’t have a name (or a model number) yet, but Lu Qian Hao seems confident that it can ‘retire’ the ZTE T98 tablet that was unveiled back at MWC in February and still isn’t shipping anywhere. That’s an odd comment to make, especially since the T98 should be running Android. But at 5.9″, the upcoming Windows Phone sure is close in terms of size to that 7-inch tablet.
The screen on this monstrous WP is of the IPS variety, and the handset will also have DTS audio enhancements inside. Those are all the details that Lu Qian Hao unveiled for now.
Interesting to note is that so far all the Windows Phone 8 devices announced have a maximum screen resolution of 1280×720 or 1280×768 (in the case of Nokia’s Lumia 920). We were under the impression that Microsoft’s spec for WP8 imposed that limit, but maybe not. Or maybe ZTE somehow got around that limitation, if it exists.
Anyway, the new ZTE WP8 device could be launched in the first quarter of 2013. At least that’s what recent reports claim will be the time frame in which ZTE will release its first Windows Phone 8 device or devices. And we see no reason for this not to be one of those.
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