Nokia and China Telecom are bringing Lumia to China. Following the recent announcement of China as one of the 20+ new Windows Phone Marketplace countries, Nokia and China Telecom today announced the first CDMA Windows Phone in China, the Nokia 800C. A top priority of the Nokia Microsoft partnership has been introducing the Nokia Lumia range of smartphones to more markets around the world, especially China, the world’s largest smartphone market and a country we have been committed to for 26 years.
Wang Xiaochu, Chairman of China Telecom, expressed his enthusiasm for Nokia Lumia: ‘This grand launch for China’s first CDMA Windows Phone represents our optimism and excitement for the future of Windows Phone and Nokia Lumia in China.’
The Nokia 800C is the first of our Lumia smartphones in China, and it offers head-turning design, best-in-class browsing via IE9 and the best localized social experience for China including Sina Weibo, QQ and Renren. Offered by China Telecom in black and cyan, the Nokia 800C features a reduced body design flowing seamlessly into the 3.7" AMOLED ClearBlack curved touchscreen display. With a 1.4 GHz processor, hardware acceleration and a separate graphics processor, it also features an instant-share 8 Mpx camera with exclusive Carl Zeiss optics, HD video playback, 16GB of internal user memory and SkyDrive storage for accessing pictures and files from anywhere.
This new phone also includes great built-in extras with China Telecom services, and core signature experiences from Nokia covering Maps, Drive and Music/Mix Radio.
As the world’s largest CDMA network operator, Nokia’s key partner China Telecom plays a central role in accelerating our speed in the CDMA market, and they provide great channel coverage to reach more people. Through joint innovation with leading local providers, Nokia is able to offer Lumia users access to all major Internet services in China including Sina, SOHU, Tencent and Renren. When paired with the choice of nearly 20,000 apps available for download through Marketplace, people using a Nokia Lumia smartphone in China can create a truly personalized and locally relevant experience on their device.
Nokia and Microsoft also announced the ‘Be Top’ programme, which is designed to encourage and support developers in creating great new applications on Windows Phone specifically for people in China, illustrating our commitment to the local ecosystem of application developers and service providers.
In addition to the Nokia 800C we plan to introduce a range of new smartphone products to consumers in China. In the second quarter of 2012, China Telecom will also offer the Nokia 610C.
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