Microsoft-Nokia deal has already got most of the approvals in the countries where it is needed. US, EU and India are among them. China is one of the few nations that is yet to approve the deal. According to Global Times, there is a reason behind the delay. Usually, China’s Ministry of Commerce approves such deals after a 30-day first-phase of investigation. But this deal is now in the second-phase of anti-trust investigation, they fear that Nokia’s patent fees for the China’s domestic handset vendors might go up after this deal gets over.
The sources attributed the ministry’s careful moves mainly to requests from domestic mobile phone manufacturers, including ZTE, Lenovo and Xiaomi, who fear that upon the completion of the transaction, Nokia will charge them high patent fees for the usage of valuable technology on handsets.
In the past, Nokia adopted a loose system for patent protection in China and only charged a few of the country’s phone makers patent fees, but now it is likely to sign official patent licensing contracts with all domestic users or even charge them higher, according to The Economic Observer.
Currently, the company’s patent fees are generally 2 percent of a device’s selling price, said the report.
I hope the deal gets approved soon so that Microsoft will start the huge integration process within the company. They already got the plans in their hands, they need to execute it well.
What do you think?
Source: Global Times
Nokia officially announced Nokia Lumia 525 last month as a successor to its popular Lumia 520 device. Lumia 525 features 1GB RAM as opposed to 512MB RAM in Lumia 520 and it is the only significant difference between the both. Chinese network operator China Mobile is planning to sell a TD-SCDMA variant of Lumia 525 called Lumia 526. Online retailer JD.com has listed the device with a price tag of 999 Chinese Yuan (~160 USD).
•Operating System: Windows Phone 8.
•Networks: TD-SCDMA, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900.
•Speed: 3G HSPA+ (21Mbps).
•Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB mass memory, support for microSD cards up to 64GB, 7GB free SkyDrive storage.
•Display: 4” IPS LCD WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) 16M colors, 2D hardened glass, super sensitive touch for finger nail and glove use.
•Processor: 1 GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon™ 400.
•Camera: 5MP autofocus, video recording HD 720p 30fps.
•Size: 119.9 x 64 x 9.9mm.
•Connectivity: WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Integrated A-GPS, 3.5 mm audio connector, Micro USB with charging, USB 2.0 High Speed.
•Battery: 1430 mAh.
•Audio: single digital microphone, 3.5mm AV connector, MP3 player, Nokia BH-121 Bluetooth Stereo Headphone.
With partners China Unicom and retailer Suning, Nokia’s Erik Bertman today launched the Nokia Lumia 1020 in China.
The handset is set to retail unlocked for RMB 5,999 ($973), which is about the same price as an unlocked 32GB iPhone 5.
China Unicom will however make a package available where the device will cost 999 yuan ($163) and then 386 yaun ($63) over 3 years. The camera grip will cost 499 yaun ($81.50).
The handset will also eventually become available on China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier.
China is currently the world’s biggest smartphone market – hopefully they have enough consumers to support the high price tag of the gadget.
Via TechinAsia.com and Engadget China
The full specs of the somewhat anticipated Huawei Ascend W2 has been confirmed, courtesy of a specs sheet at Huawei’s stand at GSMA 2013 Mobile Asia Expo where the China Mobile version of the handset was being shown off.
The specs are:
- 4.3 inches WVGA resolution screen
- 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor MSM8x30 (Adeno 305 GPU)
- 512M RAM
- 8GB ROM
- 9.9mm thick.
This is of course pretty far from the 7 mm thick 720P monster device we have been expecting and which has previously been leaked, and suggests to me, given recent comments by Huawei’s CEO, that the specifications of the handset has been dropped to more closely match the success in the market of Huawei’s Windows Phone 8 handsets.
The now very mid-range or even low-end handset will be available in red, yellow and black. See more more pictures of the device after the break.
As reported earlier, LiveSino.net reports that the Nokia Lumia 925 has been officially launched in China.
The handset was launched at a Beijing event and will go on sale early in July.
The handset will be available on China Mobile and China Unicom and will cost 3999 RMB Yuan/$650 USD via all channels.
At the event Nokia also announced all Lumia 925 buyers will get a free 3-month subscription for Sohu movie service.
Nokia was also making Qi wireless charging stations available at Air China VIP lounges in Beijing airport starting July.
A limited edition Superman branded Lumia 925 suite is available for pre-order on JD.com store online.
Nokia has made the TD-SCDMA version of the Nokia Lumia 925 official.
The handset now appears on their website, with the launch date set for the 17th June.
The handset will be available in black, white and gray and the first 925 customers will get a Superman “Man of Steel” case due to Nokia’s cross-promotion with this movie.
The GSM version of the handset for China Unicom will also hit the market at the same time.
Via GSMInsider.com, thanks Sky for the tip.
Nokia Lumia 720T, the Chinese version of Nokia Lumia 720 is now available for pre-order from China’s largest mobile network China Mobile. The pre-order price for unsubsidized device is 2499 Yuan ($405). Nokia Lumia 720T will include a unique feature called CMMB. CMMB is a mobile TV technology from China Mobile which will let you watch Live TV without any data charges. WCDMA variants of Nokia Lumia 720 will also come with with local apps and China Mobile’s own section in Windows Phone Store.
Mobilegeeks.de noticed this entry in a for a Nokia Lumia 1000 on a registration page on giant carrier China Mobile’s website.
All of the other devices seem pretty real, raising speculation that the Nokia Lumia 1000 may be one the high end unannounced Windows Phones Nokia is expected to show at Mobile World Congress 2013.
On a related note, the Nokia Lumia 520 and 720 has passed through certification in Indonesia. These will likely be Windows Phone 8 versions of Nokia 510 and 710 handsets, though how Nokia will get WP8 down to the specs and price point of the Nokia Lumia 510 remains hard to see. See that certification at Nokianesia here.
Via Windows-smartphones.de and MyNokiablog.com
There is some indication that China is already one of the biggest markets for Windows Phone, with AdDuplex noting the country had 13% of Windows Phone usage, vs only 14% for US.
With the influx of new Windows Phones this trend is likely to continue. HTC has announced that both the HTC 8X and HTC 8S will be released in Mid-December and, a bit like the US, the handset will also be widely available on the countries major carriers, with variants becoming available on China Unicom (WCDMA ), China Telecom (CDMA2000 ) and China Mobile (TD-SCDMA ).
Pricing has not been revealed yet.
The Chinese version of the Nokia Lumia 920, the TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA 920T, has once again been leaked on camera.
The handset is essentially the same externally as the NL 920, but internally is said to feature the upgraded Adreno 320 GPU with up to 3 times the performance of the current chipset. some pictures have however leaked of a prototype device with the normal GPU, so this change is certainly not written in stone.
The handset is destined for China Mobile and may get there before the before Apple finally negotiates an agreement with the giant Chinese carrier.
See more pictures after the break.
WinP.cn reports that the Chinese version of the Nokia Lumia 920, the 920T, has gained Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Telecom Equipment Certification for release on the China Mobile network on the 12th November, in time for sales to start on December 5th.
The handset supports Chinaâ€™s home-grown TD-SCDMA standard and also standard GSM GPRS.
The smartphone will be launched next week on November 22nd , and will be available in Cyan, Yellow, Black and White. It is rumoured to cost around 4,200 Yuan ($673)
The handset should hit Hong Kong streets slightly earlier, on November 28th, with the Nokia Lumia 820, where red and grey will also be available.
The device will only be launched on December 6th in Taiwan, and become available on shelves December 14th. The price there is also not known.
China Mobileâ€™s Online Store has tweeted the above message and picture, making it clear that their version of the Nokia Lumia 920 would have a Qualcomm S4 Pro processor. The significance of this is of course that the regular NL 920 being sold elsewhere has the slightly less advanced Qualcomm S4 Plus processor, with the less powerful Adreno 225 GPU.
The Adreno 320 supports nearly triple the performance of the older 225, which means the phones will have better performance in games and will be able to handle higher bit-rate video.
See the differences between the processors after the break.
WPDang have collected some more pictures of the Nokia Lumia 920T, the Chinese version of the Nokia Lumia 920 that will run on China Mobileâ€™s TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE network.
China Mobile has already confirmed the handset will be available in November and cost 4888 yuan and 5888 yuan depending on the version.
China Mobile is the worldâ€™s biggest network, with more than 600 million subscribers, which will hopefully translate into good sales for Nokia there.