ZTE is announcing 8 new "high end" handsets here at MWC. It's starting out with the Skate Acqua, which is a followup to the original ZTE Skate. There's also the Kis, the Blade II with 1GHz processor, and finally the previously-announced Mimosa X with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. ZTE is also releasing the Orbit, a Windows Phone.

The N91 and the PF200 are both coming with LTE support; the N91 with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch WVGA screen, and 5-megapixel camera; and the PF200 with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 4.3-inch QHD screen, 8-megapixel camera, and 1GB of RAM. Both will launch with Android 4.0. The PF112 HD is a straight HSPA Android 4.0 smartphone with a 4.5-inch 720p screen, 8-megapixel camera, and 8GB of storage with 1GB of RAM. Lastly, the Orbit features 4GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera and will be available in Q2 2012.

ZTE has a new custom skin called ZTE Mifavor, which includes your basic homescreen customizations, a new music app, camera customizations, and a file manager. ZTE is also branding some "Touch and share" software that's essentially its own take on NFC.

Last quarter, ZTE was the number four handset vendor in the world and it wants you to know it. It claims it wants to be the number three smartphone maker in the world by 2015. "Of course there are bigger vendors, but we have them in our sight," says He Shiyou, EVP of ZTE's terminal's division. Those are ambitious plans and we imagine that HTC and LG will have something to say about the renewed competition.

ZTE may have more tricks up its sleeve.