By June 29, 2011

ZTE Blade Touch Screen Handset Sales Pass the Two Million Mark – Company expects handset sales to reach 80 million in 2011


ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has now sold more than two million ZTE Blade handsets, making it one of the top best-selling smartphones in the world.

ZTE continues to challenge the market leaders in the handset market, and expects to ship more than 80 million handsets this year, up from 60 million units in 2010.

The ZTE Blade was first launched in the UK in the second half of 2010, and is now available in over 30 countries and regions, including the UK, France, Greece, Spain, Poland and Turkey. It has also successfully penetrated Japan and Finland, the home markets of major ZTE competitors.


Launched as the Orange San Francisco in the UK, the ZTE Blade’s popularity actually exceeded that of the iPhone 4 in the UK at one stage in early 2011 according to online purchase tracking company Hotukdeals. The device was promoted aggressively with a special offer price of £79.99 in the Orange Retail stores over part of the Christmas holiday, along with a competition to win a trip to San Francisco. The San Francisco was one of Orange’s best-selling handsets over this period. ZTE worked closely with Orange after identifying a gap in the marker for smartphones priced between £79.99 and £159. The outcome of this activity was to bring to market a device that was stylish, thinner and more fashionable for this price-conscious and trend-setting market segment.

In the annual handset opinion survey organised by the online XDA Developers forum, the ZTE Blade won 24.66% of the total votes, placing it first among the 32 handsets as judged by forum users.

In Japan, the Blade was launched as the Softbank Venus with Android 2.2. Late in the device’s development programme, Softbank decided that it should run Android 2.2, which was just being released at that time. ZTE’s research team integrated Android 2.2 into the device within a very tight timeframe, laying a solid foundation for Blade’s strong sales performance in Japan.

In Greece, the Blade has been operator Wind’s best selling smart phone since its launch in January. Monthly sales volumes of the Blade in Greece are around 3,000 units, which means that the Blade has altered the traditional market structure for Greek telecommunications.

In Finland, Blade sales exceeded sales of the most popular iPhone model in November and December 2010 and January 2011. Of interest too is that ZTE Blade owners are using their phones more intensively than others. The data traffic volume of Blade users in Finland has peaked at 700MB per month.

Building on its international success in the smart phone market, ZTE is strengthening its smart terminal product lines in China, aiming to build on its market lead at home. The ZTE V880 has been customised for China Unicom’s WCDMA network, and the Blade has been customised for China Telecom’s CDMA 2000 EVDO network and China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA network for launch in the next few months.

The Blade has been recognised in industry awards around the world, including winning an award for its price and performance from German magazine Connect and being named Editors Choice by Greece’s PC World. The Orange San Francisco received Best Value Smartphone from Smartphone Essentials in the UK, and Best Buy and Best for Value in The Sunday Times entry-level Android phones.


Posted by: James

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