SHENZHEN May 25 ZTE Corp ,
China's No.2 network equipment maker, plans to launch
smartphones based on Microsoft Corp's Mango operating
system in Europe in the third quarter of this year, executives
"We are already working on a smartphone based on Mango and
it will be launched in Europe," Jeffrey Fan, a vice-president
from ZTE's terminal devices unit, told Reuters during a company
event on Wednesday.
Microsoft launched an update of its Windows phone software
code-named Mango on Tuesday, hoping a host of new features will
help it close the gap on smartphone leaders Google Inc
and Apple Inc .
ZTE and larger Chinese rival Huawei Technologies Co Ltd
, traditionally in the network equipment business, have
been aggressively entering the fast-growing mobile devices
sector by rolling out smartphones and tablet PCs.
ZTE expects to ship more than 80 million handsets this year,
up by a third from last year's 60 million units, an executive
told Reuters earlier this year.
Shipments of smartphones, which run Google Inc's
Android operating system, would rise to 12 million units from 3
million last year, ZTE said.
In the fourth quarter of last year, ZTE became the
fourth-largest handset maker by unit shipments globally, ranking
behind Nokia ?Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and LG
Electronics Inc , market research group IDC said.
(Reporting by Lee Chyen Yee and Huang Yuntao; Editing by Chris