2009 is shaping up to be a very interesting year for China’s mobile market. All that excitement over Google’s Android phone is finally making its way to China. On the right you see a sleek new gadget codenamed “OPhone” that is making its rounds on gadget forums lately. Said to be a joint effort between Lenovo and China Mobile, this is the first in a series of 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).” ITProPortal says the phone is expected to debut sometime in February or March.
Meanwhile, Mobinode has been talking about the Qiji i6, said to be the first China-made handset that supports both Android and Windows Mobile. Equipped with Marvell Monohans 624MHz processor, 256MB Rom and 128MB Ram, SirF Star III GPS chip and a 2MP camera, the gadget could be launched by the end of the first quarter of 2009.
And then there’s the Sciphone Dream G2, which is being marketed as a dressed-down G2 that could hit the market really soon for RMB1,200 or less, if Pacific Epoch is to be believed. The phone failed to impress the guys from Engadget who slammed it for being “neither dreamy nor the G1’s successor”. But hey if they’re seriously able to give us a phone with a 2.8″, 320×240 res, 262K TFT screen, EDGE(no 3G), 4 MP camera with auto-focus, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, AVRCP support and FM radio at RMB1,200, who are we to complain?