China Telecom will offer the iPhone to its 106 million subscribers this year, Reuters reported on Wednesday. China Unicom has been the exclusive iPhone seller in the country since 2009, but China Telecom will introduce an iPhone model on its CDMA network in November according to the report. The launch date implies that the carrier will carry Apple’s next-generation iPhone 5, which is rumored to be thinner and lighter than the current model. China Mobile, the third of China’s big three wireless carriers, is also expected to introduce the iPhone 5 in September. More →
Images of what could be a next generation iPhone headed to China Mobile have been re-published by Sohu.com. Is it the real deal? It might be. For one, it runs an unannounced baseband software (version 06.10.01), which could hint that Apple’s prepping support for China Mobile’s 3G TD-SCDMA network. Also, in June, a China Mobile employee said that the iPhone 5 would be arriving in September, and there have been reports of Apple’s COO Tim Cook sitting in meetings with China Mobile execs, which suggests that there’s definitely some relationship building going on. More →
A China Mobile employee allegedly revealed that the popular Chinese carrier will launch Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone this coming September, Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White wrote in a note to investors on Thursday. The news jibes with multiple earlier reports that Apple’s iPhone 5 is set to launch this September, though it may launch even sooner in the U.S. and other key markets. The news was first relayed by Chinese language website Bianews.com, which reported on Thursday that a China Mobile employee wrote that the carrier would launch the iPhone 5 in September in a post on Weibo.com, a micro-blogging service similar to Twitter. The post was subsequently deleted. Apple COO Tim Cook was recently seen attending meetings with China Mobile executives, and the tech giant’s next-generation iPhone could very well have been the topic of their conversations.
Apple has surpassed Google as world’s most valuable brand, according to advertising firm WPP’s “BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands” study. Apple’s brand value has ballooned 859% since 2006, and increased 84% to $153.3 billion this year. Tech companies dominate the rankings: AT&T, China Mobile, IBM, and Microsoft all have spots in the top-10 most valuable brands list, and McDonald’s is the only non-tech brand in the top-5. Google had reigned supreme for the past four years before being displaced by Apple, and Amazon surpassed Walmart to become the No. 1 retailer. Hit the jump for the full report from WPP.
LG’s about to get its MeeGo on. Next month, the Korean phone manufacturer is set to debut a prototype device during the MeeGo Conference in San Francisco from May 23rd to May 25th. Details leaked by MeeGo Experts have revealed that LG has a special session up its sleeves during which it plans to show off “multiple” LG branded devices running the OS created by Intel and Nokia. LG will also discuss its future plans for the platform, including its developments for MeeGo powered tablets, smartphones, and in-car entertainment systems. We wouldn’t be surprised to see this leak pan out, given that Nokia has decided to focus its efforts on Windows Phone devices, and that LG, ZTE, and China Mobile have all recently decided to work towards creating MeeGo smartphones. More →
No one likes letting a perfectly good operating system go to waste. Reuters is reporting that just as Nokia begins to divest in the MeeGo operating system, other companies are starting to dig in. The publication writes that electronics giant LG has joined the likes of ZTE and China Mobile in a “working group” that aims to develop a MeeGo-based smartphone. “It [Nokia's absence] is opening opportunities for the others to come in,” said a member of MeeGo’s steering committee. “Discussions are taking place. You’ll see things coming out this year, pretty soon.” The fate of the open-source operating system has been in question since Nokia announced it would focus the lion’s share of its development dollars and efforts on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. It is, however, nice to see that an OS with such great potential will not be put out to pasture just yet. More →
Speaking at the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference today, China Mobile’s Chairman, Wang Jianzhou, let go an interesting tidbit of Apple information. “Jobs has expressed his interest in an LTE iPhone and is willing to start the development at an early date,” said the Chairman. China Mobile currently runs a TD-LTE network in mainland China, but the invisible line we’re drawing from the words “LTE iPhone” leads directly to *drumroll* Verizon Wireless and AT&T. Apple has, historically, been slow to adopt new cellular radios into its flagship product — we’re referencing, of course, how long it took for 3G to make its way into the iPhone. We’re sure as June draws nearer, we’ll get a better idea of what Apple has up its sleeve for its next phone. More →
Motorola potentially has not one, not two, but count em’ three China-bound handsets up its sleeve. First and foremost, we have the initial details on the Motorola XT711, codenamed the Sholes Tablet Refresh — the presumed companion to the previously released, Korea-bound Motorola XT701 Motoroi. The XT711 will feature: an 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with Xenon Flash, 720P HD video capture and playback, HDMI out, Google apps and Android marketplace, MotoBlur UI, WebKit browser with Flash integration, and the Android OS (presumably 2.1 or greater). The targeted market for this little beauty is China, and is set to launch at an undisclosed point in the future. One down, two to go. Hit the jump for details on the XT810 and the XT820.
Thanks to a China Mobile press release, the details that we leaked back in August about Dell’s Android-powered Mini 3i are now confirmed. According to both sources, the Mini 3i will pack a 3.5” nHD (640×360) display, Quadband GSM/EDGE, 3 megapixel camera with zoom, auto-focus, flash, and video capture, Bluetooth, GPS navigation, and microSD expansion (up to 32GB). Dell’s first serious smartphone venture will be available to China Mobile’s 500 million strong subscriber base in “Red Passion” and “Oiled Bronze” variants later this month. Full press release after the break.
Damn are our ninjas good. Dell’s Android-based China Mobile-bound Mini 3i, a smartphone that we first caught a glimpse of in mid-June, is now official. Unveiled today in Beijing, the Mini 3i (also apparently MINI3i) is an Android-based smartphone that runs on the Open Mobile System. Spec wise, the Mini 3i is not particularly impressive especially considering that it is EDGE-only and lacks Wi-Fi. Regardless, the handset is definitely a contender in the Chinese market where not even the carrier-pwner that is Apple can manage to release a Wi-Fi-enabled handset. Here’s the low-down on the specs:
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE class 12
- Size: 68.6cc
- 103g grams weight
- Dimensions: 58 x 122 x 11.7mm
- Display: 3.5″ nHD 640×360 LCD, 18-bit, 262K colors
- OTA capable
- Microsoft Exchange support
- Google, AIM, Yahoo and MSN IM support
- 3 megapixel auto-focus, flash, 8x digital zoom camera with 30fps video shooting mode, built in photo editor
- USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
- On-screen QWERTY keyboard, hardwriting recognition, multi touch UI
- MicroSD slot
Hit the jump for a few more shots.
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Dell reportedly prepping the China-only mini 3i smartphone; launching alongside Lenovo O1 and Dopod A6188?
Dell smartphone rumors are starting to heat up as new info firms up the possibility that Dell is getting ready to announce its smarthphone to the Chinese market via China Mobile. The purported phone will be called the mini 3i and will be part of the Android-driven Ophone Open Mobile Systems (OMS) platform. The Dell mini 3i is expected to be released later this month along with two other Ophones, the Lenovo O1 and the Dopod A6188. In a bit of a twist, the Lenovo O1 is expected to be the only OMS phone to be 3G-capable, sporting support for the newer TD-SCDMA network. The Dell and Dopod offerings will reportedly only support the older 2G GSM network. The veracity of this information is questionable, completely unverified and may be another one of those wild Chinese rumors but the source is pretty reputable so hopefully we’ll hear something official this week.
No seriously. What would you say if we told you that Lenovo is currently in the testing phase with an Android-powered handset that makes HTC’s G1 look like a first-year design student’s mid-term project? You’re looking at the first available live image of Lenovo’s upcoming Android offering for China Mobile. Codenamed OPhone, Lenovo’s sexy handset will be among the first to be based on China’s Mobile’s Open Mobile System (OMS) – meaning it will run Android and and support TD SCDMA, China Mobile’s 3G standard. The unfortunate end of the story is inevitable however; we shouldn’t expect to see Lenovo bring what looks to be one of the sexiest handsets of 2009 to the US… Ever. A shame indeed, but it looks like our friends in China will be able to get their hands on this one pretty soon. We’re sure they’ll be happy to show us what we’re missing once it’s released.
The ZTE U990 (not to be confused with the LG U990), the world’s first high-end HSDPA-TD-SCDMA phone, has been unveiled by ZTE Corp. in China. Using HSDPA, the device is capable of transferring data at the rate of 2.8Mbps — not too shabby, and apparently the fastest capable on a TD-SCDMA network (a network which is quickly being built out in China). The upload speeds aren’t too bad, either, at 384kbps, so using data and browsing the ‘net on this device could be a pleasure if the processor doesn’t cause too much lag. The handset is sporting Windows Mobile 6.0, which most either love or hate, on a touch-screen interface. It also has A-GPS for globe trotters or anyone who’s easily lost, but it’s data support outside of its native network includes only EDGE… probably one of its only downsides, but we suppose it works in a pinch. Are any of our Chinese readers considering snagging one of these?