For all the talk about China Mobile and Android (and their so-called OPhone implementation) one would never think a Windows Mobile handset would win flagship status for the 500 million subscriber strong carrier. I guess we would be wrong, as the carrier has just announced the HTC Qilin, which bears a striking resemblance to renders we have seen to Verizonâ€™s HTC WhiteStone and being sold under their Dopod subsidiary, has achieved that status.
Dopod CEO Dennis Chen said the Qilin handset is the first result of China Mobile’s $7 million in subsidies to encourage TD-SCDMA handset development. Dopod has expanded investment in manpower and funding towards TD-SCDMA R&D and will release numerous high-end TD-SDCMA handsets next year.
The Windows Mobile 6.5 handset is pretty well specced, as can be seen below:
Model: Dopod T8388 (HTC Qilin)Â
Type: PPC (non-QWERTY keyboard)
Platform: Windows Mobile 6.5
CPU: TI OMAP 3430 600MHzÂ (Same as the Palm Pre and iPhone 3GS)
Display: 3.6 “WVGA (480×800)
Frequency: GSM; GPRS; EDGE; TD-SCDMA
Network: Wi-Fi 802.11g
GPS: SiRF (GPS / AGPS)
Main Camera: 5 million pixels; auto-focus camera, front: VGA
Features: gravity sensors; light sensor; proximity sensor; CMMB mobile TV
The handset is expected to reach the market by December 2009.