ZTE broke into the Windows Phone game with the release of its Tania handset earlier this year. We’ve already seen the phone arrive in some European markets, featuring a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 4GB of internal flash storage, a five-megapixel camera, and a 1GHz processor. That all made for a perfectly respectable Windows Phone handset, not even considering that this was ZTE’s first foray onto the platform. As the Tania gets ready to make its debut in China, it seems that ZTE is already moving on to bigger and better hardware, stepping-up from 1GHz to a 1.4GHz SoC.
Currently running a single-core Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, news of a clock bump up to 1.4GHz presumably means that ZTE is swapping that component out for a MSM8255T chip. That change could go a long way towards putting the Tania on a more even playing field with phones like HTC’s Titan II and the Nokia Lumia 800.
Besides the new processor, there’s not supposed to be any other changes in store for China’s ZTE Tania. We haven’t heard a precise date for when the phone may become available, but it’s expected to arrive before the end of the month, so it could be any day now. There also hasn’t been any talk about the chance for seeing this hardware refresh penetrate any other markets; as far as we know, Europe will continue to have the 1GHz version of the Tania.