ZTE Render

The Orbit is now the 'Render' on US Cellular

Here's some odd Friday night news and we’re kind of truly blown away it. Evidently, ZTE has managed to score a carrier for one of their Windows Phones, specifically US Cellular.

The ZTE Render, which many of you will know as the Orbit from awhile back, features a CDMA chipset with EVDO (Rev A?), a 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 4” display and a not so-impressive 4GB of storage.

US Cellular

It also comes with Windows Phone 7.5 Tango 2 (Build 8779) and a 1600mAh battery, which ain’t half bad.  Of course you would have to pay $179 with a 2 year-agreement and then you can get back $100 as a rebate—probably not the best investment if you’re into the latest thing.

Our video hands-on back in February

The ZTE Orbit was shown off back at Mobile World Congress and it didn’t really ‘wow’ us, as it was kind of a cheap Samsung Focus. Still, with Windows Phone 7.5 Tango 2 and if you could get it on the cheap, it might not be too bad.

Anyway, we don’t really expect many people to pick this up but it is certainly an oddity and worth mentioning.

Source: US Cellular; Thanks, Caleb M., for the tip!