I said earlier that something was brewing between Lenovo and China Mobile called ‘OPhone.’ The latest bit is the phone is looking good and is ready for testing. OPhone is a codename for phones that will be based on China Mobile’s OMS(Open Mobile System), which is essentially Android + TD SCDMA (China’s home-grown 3G standard).
China Mobile has been working on OMS for quite some time now. With the Apple deal going nowhere after multiple rounds of negotiations (because of China Mobile’s refusal to share any of its profits), it needs an OS of it’s own. No word on specs yet but the pic should give some feelers.
The OPhone, in China, marks the company’s first entry into the highly competitive smartphone market. You can have a look at the first look Ophone.
The OPhone runs on China Mobile’s proprietary operating system, Open Mobile System (OMS), which is based on Google’s Android platform. This allows the OPhone to access the Android Market, giving users access to thousands of applications.
The OPhone features a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera, GPS, and Wi-Fi connectivity. It also supports 3G and EDGE networks and includes Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
Lenovo is banking on the OPhone’s unique design and features to set it apart from the competition. The phone features a sleek, black design with a sliding QWERTY keyboard and a touchpad for easy navigation.
The OPhone also includes a number of innovative features, such as a custom-designed interface and pre-installed applications that allow users to easily access their favorite content.
Despite being a late entrant into the smartphone market, Lenovo Mobile is confident that the OPhone will be a success in China. The company has already signed a deal with China Mobile to distribute the phone and plans to expand its reach to other markets in the future.