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China gets more: 1 GB TD-LTE Nokia Lumia 636 and 638 officially announced



Microsoft has today officially announced the Nokia Lumia 636 and 638.

The Nokia Lumia 636 is heading to China Unicom, while the 638 is heading to China Mobile. Both devices are 4G LTE, with the China Mobile version sporting TD-LTE, China Mobile’s version of the global standard.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 launches in China for $973


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

Nokia Lumia 1020 to hit China even before Europe


Unwiredview.com reports that Nokia’s current flagship, the Nokia Lumia 1020, will be heading to China on the 15th of August, even before the device hits European markets.

Online retailer ePrice is already listing the handset, for the rather pricy 5,990 CNY ($978, €736) on the GSM China Unicom network.

The much more affordable Nokia Lumia 625 is also listed by Nokia China, but without a release date.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 should hit Europe some time in the September to October time frame.

China Unicom version of the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 Amber updates now also on Nokia Care Suite


WPDang reports that the China Unicom version of the Nokia Amber update for the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 is now also available to download.

The update has all the expected features except of course Datasense, which is even now only on a limited number of carriers.

As usual we do not recommend flashing your handset, due to the risk of data loss, but if you are bold (or foolhardy) read more about the download and Installation at WPDang.

Nokia Lumia 925 officially launched in China


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.

Via LiveSide.net

China Mobile Nokia Lumia 925T launching on the 17th June



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 520 launches on China Unicom, 520T and 720T heading to China Mobile soon


Nokia and China Unicom jointly launched the Nokia Lumia 520 in Hangzhou , China yesterday.

Nokia’s cheapest WP8 Lumia yet will be selling for 1,298 Yuan ($206) and will be compatible with China Unicom’s new 3.5 G network, which offers download speeds of up to 21 MB/sec.

”With the fastest 3G network in China, we will expand business and market share through more cooperation with overseas brands, like Nokia,” said Zhou Youmeng, China Unicom’s marketing director.

China Unicom, China’s second largest network,  expects to boost its 3G phone sales to 90 million this year, a 50% increase as it rolls out its faster network to more than 330 cities now.

The company will support the network with the release of a number of 3.5 G handsets, including the Nokia Lumia 720, which should also hit the carrier for around 2499 Yuan.

Both the Nokia 520 and 720, in their TD-SCDMA 520T and 720T variants, are also heading to China Mobile, China’s largest carrier, where they will retail for around the same price.

Nokia’s Chinese range can be seen here.

Via ShangaiDaily and GSMInsider.com, Thanks Joseph for the tip.

China Unicom also selling the Nokia Lumia 920 from free on contract


It seems it is not only China Mobile which sees value in heavily subsidizing the Nokia Lumia 920.

Win8China reports that China Unicom has also revealed its on-contract price for the handset, which starts from free on a two or 3 year contract (386 Yuan ($62) for 2 year contracts or 286 Yuan ($46) for 3 year contract).

The prices are even more attractive than China Mobile’s which offer the handset free on a 388 Yuan ($62) two year contract.

With prices like these, the potential for rather large sales in Q1 2013 is pretty high.

Via NokiaPoweruser.com

Microsoft partners with China Unicom to boost Windows Phone

imageMicrosoft and China Unicom have announced  a partnership to boost Windows Phone in the country.

Stephen Elop, chief executive officer of Nokia, this week said China has already become the world’s largest market for Windows Phone devices and the  biggest single-country market for Nokia’s Lumia smartphone series. The OS currently holds a 3% market share there, according to according to Beijing-based research company Analysys International.

China Unicom and Microsoft officials said the new Windows alliance will lead to the development of more innovative devices and attract more partners.

Lu Yimin, general manager of China Unicom, said Windows Phone devices give users a large variety of choices. He said China Unicom, which has more than 70 million subscribers to its third-generation, or 3G, network, will help promote more products using the Windows system.

Microsoft will put more resources into technical support, schedule more regular training sessions and place a greater emphasis on marketing promotions, Turner said.

"China is the No 1 market worldwide in terms of PC, tablet,mobile and Internet users," Kevin Turner, chief operating officer of Microsoft, said at a news briefing in Beijing on Thursday. "It is a very exciting place."

"We believe there is a great opportunity across the country to provide new business models to partners, new technologies to developers and best services to customers,"he said.

Seven cell phone manufacturers, including Nokia Corp, HTC Corp and Samsung Group, and the chipset makers Qualcomm Inc and Intel Corp, will be among the first members of the alliance.

Ji Chendong, telecom analyst at KPMG China, said he is confident the alliance will give sales of Windows Phone devices a boost next year.

Ray Yam, president of HTC China, said it would take less time for Windows Phone devices to realize explosive growth than Android smartphones.

"Circumstances have changed," Yam said.

"The well-developed network infrastructure and higher smartphone penetration rate in China have both laid a good foundation for Windows Phone handsets."

Read more at China Daily

HTC 8X and 8S to launch on all China’s major networks in mid-December

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.

Via Engadget.com

Samsung Omnia M launches in China


imageSamsung and Microsoft today launched the Samsung Omnia M in China.

The Tango handset is Samsung’s first Chinese Windows Phone and sports a 4 inch Super AMOLED screen, 5 megapixel rear and VGA front camera  and comes with Samsung’s ChatOn service and also QQ and Sina..

A version was shown for both China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA 3G network, and for China Unicom.

The specs for both carriers are also slightly different.

While both devices will have a  1 Ghz processor, 384 MB RAM and 1500 mAh battery, China Unicom’s Omnia M has 8 GB of storage space, while China Mobile’s only has 4.

Samsung suggests the OMNIA M is designed for younger, white-collar urban users, with extensive integration of various types of social networks and full support for multimedia entertainment applications, and great sharing features.

The pricing were unfortunately not revealed.

Via WPDang.com and Unwiredview.com

Thanks Arun for the tip.

Nokia Lumia 610 coming to China Unicom


Stephen Elop has let it slip that the Nokia Lumia 610 will soon be available on China Unicom, China’s second largest carrier, a promotion form China Telecom, the 3rd biggest.

During a conference call he said:

“We’re in the very early days in China with the Lumia product line, and we are quite pleased about what’s going on in China right now. It’s complicated, because you have to engage in, for example, the operator discussions with the low price operator rate plan bundling that is going on. And we are very pleased that even with the price point of the Lumia 610, for the first time, we broke through there, and now are part of some of those plans with China Unicom. Which is something three months ago we haven’t achieved.”

As per the statement, the handset will now be offered bundled with cheap data plans, despite the phone actually being relatively expensive for the Chinese market.

Stephen Elop has said it will concentrate on important markets like USA, UK and China, making it also encouraging news that they feel they are achieving some traction there.

Via Unwiredview.com

ZTE vice president thinks Android will peak soon, Windows Phone gaining momentum

ZTE Executive Vice-President He ShiyouIt is one thing to hear analysts say Android’s best growth days may be over, but it is another to hear it directly from a company who are putting their money where their mouth is.

At the launch of the ZTE Tania in China ZTE Executive Vice-President He Shiyou said:

"The market share of Android-based phones has almost hit its peak, while the Windows devices have been gaining momentum since the fourth quarter of last year."

He said the move to Windows Phone was part of their overall plan to diversify their line, and that they expect to sell 30 million smartphones this year, 10% of them Windows Phones.

ZTE is current the world’s 4th largest phone manufacturer and will debut the ZTE Tania V965W this month in China, joining 5 other Windows Phones from HTC and Nokia.

"The Windows devices have been given a warm welcome in the Chinese market since March," added Tommy Wen, vice-president of Microsoft China Co Ltd, at the same launch on Friday, saying he expected handsets from Samsung to join the party also.

He also said Microsoft is currently discussing the possibility of creating an alliance with the world’s biggest WCDMA network operator, China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd, to collectively promote Windows Phone devices.

He Shiyou ‘s view of Android’s future echoes that held by IDC, who said they expect Android’s market share growth to reverse this year, and Windows Phone to overtake iOS market share by 2016.

Via ChinaDaily.com