This is interesting news, at the VIP event yesterday, ZTE was one of the new manufacturers who will be joining the Windows Phone 7 platform and increase the number of handsets available to consumers. Today, we've learned that they apparently plan to launch their first device Q3 this year.

According to a report over at Reuters, Jeffrey Fan (Vice-President of ZTE's terminal devices unit) told them that they're already working on a smartphone for Europe and plan to launch it this year. It will be exciting to see what the Chinese manufacturer brings to the table. Being the fourth largest handset producer in the world, it could be yet another positive push that WP7 needs on top of Nokia.

Source: Reuters, via: WMPU