The phone, which uses Android 2.2 and has a 3.5 inch WVGA TFT display, has already been launched in Europe and in Japan.
Libero is the second handset that ZTE has developed in collaboration with SoftBank – the first being SoftBank 840Z, which was launched in late October this year.
Based on Android 2.2 Froyo, Libero comes with a 3.5 inch WVGA screen. It is powered by a 600 MHz MSN7227 chipset, has a 5 mega pixel camera and supports GPS, WiFi, 3G HSDPA and Bluetooth networks. The device weighs 110 grams and measures 114 × 57 x 12.7 mm.
Prior to being released in Japan, ZTE Libero, which is also known as Blade, had already been launched in Britain, France, Germany, Finland, Norway, Turkey, Hungary, and in 20 other countries across Europe.
Telecom Yatra has learnt that ZTE might launch the phone in India. Having been developed for the Japanese market, the phone is expected to include several unique high tech features and should come with an attractive price tag as well.
ZTE and SoftBank also announced that from October this year to March 2011, both companies will collaborate to launch eight types of products in the Japanese market. These will include smartphones, high speed data cards, 42 M and 14 M MiFi (mobile internet hotspot) modems, 3G monitors, and easy phones for children and the elderly.
We won't be surprised if some of these products find their way into India. ZTE has not been very successful in India. Other than the CDMA handset and dongle market, in which it was successful thanks to bundling with Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications CDMA networks.
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