ZTE Orbit

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ZTE Orbit
ZTE Orbit phone.jpg
Compatible networks2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE – 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
(ZTE Render) 2.5G CDMA – 850, 1900 MHz
3G UMTS/HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s – 900, 2100 MHz
(ZTE Render) 3G CDMA2000/1xEV-DO 3.1 Mbit/s – 800, 1900 MHz
First releasedSeptember 2012
TypeTouchscreen smartphone
Form factorBar
Dimensions119.4 mm (4.70 in) H
63.5 mm (2.50 in) W
10.2 mm (0.40 in) D
Mass136 g (4.8 oz)
Operating systemWindows Phone 7.5
CPU1 GHz single core Qualcomm S1 MSM7227A-1
GPUAdreno 200
Memory512 MB RAM
Storage4 GB internal flash and 7 GB free in SkyDrive
BatteryUser serviceable 1600 mAh Li-poly battery
Data inputsMulti-touch capacitive touchscreen, proximity sensor, and light sensor.
Display4.0 in (100 mm) WVGA TFT, 800 x 480 pixels at 233 ppi, 15:9 aspect ratio, Color depth 16 bit, 65k colors, 60 Hz refresh rate
Rear camera5 MP,
720p video capture @ 30 fps
OtherTalk time: Up to 12.6 hours
Standby time: Up to 530 hours (approx. 22 days)

The ZTE Orbit (also known as the ZTE Render) is a budget smartphone developed by ZTE that runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. It was announced on February 27, 2012 and became available in September 2012.[1][2] The Orbit is the first Windows Phone device to include near field communication.[3][4][5][6] In late September 2012 it was announced a CDMA variant of the Orbit would also launch as the ZTE Render in the US on US Cellular.[7]

Primary features[edit]

The primary features of the Orbit are:[8]


The Orbit was announced at the Mobile World Congress in 2012 as ZTE's second Windows Phone after the ZTE Tania and launched in September 2012.[2][8] It is targeted primarily at emerging markets as well as East Asia.[2][8] The Orbit was also announced as one of the launch devices for the Windows Phone platform in China alongside the HTC Titan and a variant of the Nokia Lumia 800.[9] In the United States the Orbit launched as a carrier exclusive on US Cellular as the ZTE Render where it was also eventually updated to Windows Phone 7.8.[7][10]


The Orbit received mixed reviews upon its announcement and launch. Reviewers noted the relatively low price for the device and that it was targeted for emerging markets and for low cost no-contract sales in the developed world.[11][12] The device was praised for its speed, build quality, aesthetic design, and the presence of NFC, however its thickness, touch screen quality, low brightness levels, and lack of apps that utilize NFC were areas of concern.[11][12][13][14][15] Additionally, the device was compared to the Nokia Lumia 610 which launched as a direct competitor.[3][16]


  1. ^ "ZTE Expands Windows Phone Portfolio". ZTE Corp. February 27, 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "ZTE Orbit". GSM Arena. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b ZTE Orbit announced, Joao. "ZTE Orbit announced". NFC-Phones.org. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  4. ^ "ZTE Orbit to be the first Windows Phone with NFC?". MS Power User. February 27, 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  5. ^ Brodersen, Björn (February 27, 2012). "ZTE zeigt Quad-Core-Smartphone ZTE Era und Windows Phone ZTE Orbit" (in German). Areamobile.de. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  6. ^ Seifert, Dan (February 27, 2012). "Windows Phone 7.5 "Tango" to include support for NFC". MobileBurn.com. Archived from the original on May 4, 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  7. ^ a b Rubino, Daniel (September 28, 2012). "US Cellular picks up ZTE Render aka 'Orbit' with Windows Phone 7.5 Tango". Windows Central. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  8. ^ a b c Rubino, Daniel (February 27, 2012). "Hands on with the ZTE Orbit Windows Phone featuring NFC [Video]". Windows Central. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  9. ^ Rubino, Daniel (March 21, 2012). "Microsoft officially launches Windows Phone in China [Photos]". Windows Central. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  10. ^ "ZTE Render". US Cellular. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  11. ^ a b Trenholm, Richard (March 5, 2012). "ZTE Orbit". Cnet.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  12. ^ a b Solomon, Kate (February 28, 2012). "In pictures: ZTE Orbit". Techradar.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  13. ^ Hopping, Clare (March 5, 2012). "ZTE Orbit review: First look". Knowyourmobile.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  14. ^ Warren, Tom (February 27, 2012). "ZTE Orbit Windows Phone 'Tango' handset hands-on pictures". The Verge. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  15. ^ P., Daniel (February 28, 2012). "ZTE Orbit Hands-on Review". PhoneArena. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  16. ^ Briden, Paul (March 16, 2012). "ZTE Orbit vs Nokia Lumia 610". Knowyourmobile.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017.

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