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ZTE Orbit Windows Phone smartphone live hands-on

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ZTE has announced the Orbit, its second Windows Phone device. The Orbit is one of the new lower-end Windows Phone smartphones that makes do with a lower-spec processor and less RAM than older models were required to have. We stopped by the ZTE booth at Mobile World Congress 2012 to get a quick look at the Orbit.

Design-wise, the Orbit looks like any other slab smartphone, with a chrome bezel surrounding the 3.7-inch display and the usual capacitive Windows Phone keys for back, Start, and search. The Orbit feels put together well, but the materials used are a bit cheap feeling. The display suffers from poor viewing angles and bad color reproduction.

Under the hood, the Orbit has 256MB of RAM and a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, but not a Snapdragon. During our tests, we noticed that the Orbit was a bit sluggish compared to older Windows Phone devices that have higher end processors and more RAM. ZTE did note that the software is not final on the device we looked at and that it could be improved before the Orbit actually ships. The Orbit runs Windows Phone 7.5 with the "Tango" update that is due to arrive in April. Curiously, ZTE's specifications for the Orbit say that it has NFC capabilities, though we could not find any software on it to make use of it. Windows Phone does not currently support NFC, so that is likely something that will come with the Tango update.

ZTE plans to launch the Orbit in Q2 2012.

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