While the long-running Windows CE and now Android are usually the major mobile operating systems of choice for Chinese MID manufacturers, the last several months have also seen a small but growing number of devices using the Maemo platform. Originally only found in Nokia's Internet Tablet series and the current N900, we have since seen the Optima OP5-E, Aigo N500, Witspad W8, and the relaunched Aigo Walkshow NX7001 using the OS too. The newest addition to this entourage is the ZTE V7 MID unveiled during a 3G technology ceremony at the World Expo in Shanghai.
The first thing that strikes you about the V7 is its unorthodox design, with the full QWERTY keyboard located directly underneath the landscape-oriented 4.1-inch WVGA touch screen. The device is also very sleek with dimensions of 4.7 x 3.3 x 0.47 inches (WxHxD) and tips the scales at only 6.7 ounces. Powered by a 806MHz Marvell PXA310 processor running Maemo, the MID also has a 3.2MP camera, 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, an SD-card slot, and a 1800mAh battery. Apart from web browsing, email, entertainment, and a large range of other connected functions, the V7 also integrates all standard telephone functions to create a very unique MID/smartphone hybrid device.
There hasn't been any further information regarding the release date or price, but ZTE is an international telecoms manufacturer known to be working with carriers worldwide, so there is a possibility that we could see the V7 outside China at some point.[C114 via ChiniTech]