This was under much speculation about a month ago but it isn’t anymore. It’s called the OPhone, strange but it is simply China’s version of an open mobile system, in other words – chinese version of the Google Android. If you remember, yes it was China Mobile’s decision not to bring the Google Android G1 to China but develop its own.

The OPhone’s Android platform will have added support and apps for TD-SCDMA which is China’s own home grown 3G network. In addition to this, the OPhone will feature a 5.0-megapixel camera, microSD card slot, touchscreen display and bluetooth connectivity, not entirely sure whether it will be equipped with WiFi at this point.

Pricing has not yet been announced.

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This seems kind of strange to me, but would love to see everyone’s comments.

China’s main mobile provider, correct me if I’m wrong: China Mobile, have already been said to be the carrier that will be bringing China their first Google phone (apart from those from the black market that is!). But instead of going for the now internationally recognised first Google phone: T-Mobile G1 / HTC G1, it’s now been said that they will be getting its own version of an Android device via currently the world’s fourth largest personal computer manufacturer, Lenovo from the first quarter beginning of 2009.

Currently in the black market in China, the T-Mobile G1 can go for as much as $550 USD, which is already quite a considerable sum of money. In addition to that, the handset need to be unlocked if you’re not a T-Mobile customer and that costs another $73, which totals up to over $620 USD for an unofficially unlocked G1.

Though I’m not sure whether this pricing has now been affected by the news that officially unlocked T-Mobile G1 only costs a little bit more at $700 USD. Maybe this blackmarket has something to do with China Mobile’s decision?

[via Shanghaiist]

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