Recommended preliminary reading: OPhone OS (OMS) 2.0 based on Android 2.1 [July 5 – Dec 13, 2010]
China Mobile trailer video [Jan 8, 2011]
Borqs: The Early Bird Catches More Worms [Borqs article, Nov 23, 2011]
The lower versions of Android were found to be instable, and so was TD-SCDMA system. All these brought unexpected troubles to Borqs.
At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) held in Barcelona on Feb. 14th this year, Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization, announced that it would invest USD 26 million in six mobile startups to help drive innovation and development of mobile hardware, software and application ecosystems. Borqs, as a software solution provider from China, was one of them. Arvind Sodhani, Executive Vice President of Intel, commented on the investment as an important commitment to the key growth fields in mobile ecosystems.
Although officially introduced as a China-headquartered Android software integrator for mobile devices at MWC, Borqs has already been known as the strategic developer of China Mobile for OPhone OS. It has succeccfully ugraded OPhone from version 1.0 to 2.5 through constantly opitimizing TD chips and network, increasing its OEM partnerships from 8 to 20. Currently, Borqs’ Android solutions have been widely used in more than 30 W-CDMA and TD-SCDMA based Android mobile devices with a total shipment of 2 million plus.
“I saw the great potential of Android, and then I thought it’s time for me to start Borqs.” Pat Chan, CEO and President of Borqs, said during an interview by CBN Weekly. According to him, Borqs was one of the only four or five companies that had access to non-complete open-source codes before the launch of Android by Google. This enabled Borqs to initiate system development one year earilier than its competitors.
The technical strength of its team also gave the company more opportunities. Pat Chan was the former Vice President and CTO of UT Starcom Incorporated, taking charge of operations of communication infrastructures (wireless, broadband and IPTV, etc.). Bob Li, Senior Vice President of Borqs as well as the partner of venture fund, Yellowstone Capital, once held a position of senior developer at Philips Semiconductor. Rao Hong, another Vice President of Borqs, known as one of the excellent local employees trained by Motorola, was the founder of Linux-based Motorola EZX phone platform, which afterwards evolved into a famous operating system of Motorola – Linux-Java(LJ) .
At that time, China Mobile was investing heavily into mobile value-added services and developed a series of new services such as Mobile Newspaper, Fetion, Mobile Stock, Mobile E-mail Box, Mobile SNS, etc. In the Mobile Internet era, however, the trump to dominate the terminal market is to launch an independently developed operating system and pre-build customized value-added services into terminals; at least that was how China Mobile defined its marketing strategies at that moment.
As once expected by China Mobile, interface and services of Android may be replaced with China Mobile owned services – OMS and OPhone may be built onto OMS in cooperation with OEMs. So that China Mobile would launch services and advertising on its own handsets. To this end, Borqs, which has been always dedicated to Android, became the partner of China Mobile for the development of mobile operating system.
Voices of doubt about OMS system development were often heard at the beginning. “It was quite difficult. There were so many problems about campatibility and configuration. Nobody believed that we could make it“, Phat Chan said. Since mid-2007, the team had been researching and developing the operating system, and then finally succeded after two years.
However, OPhone failed to become a hit on the maket at the very start. Lenovo’s first OPhone-based product, also the first OMS handset, was initally launched at the price of RMB 5,999 yuan, expected as a powerful weapon to beat iPhone. However, its price declined to RMB 1,500 yuan as of the end of 2010.
In fact, Borqs made a number of modifications to the bottom layers of Android catering to customer demand in the process of developing OMS platform. These efforts have successfully made OPhone quite different from Android, such as appearance and kernals. But, nearly all the Androids before version 1.5 was instable, resulting in its frequent upgrates by Google. In addition, compatibility issues still exist between Android 1.0 and 1.5. All these had posed big challenges to Borqs.
What’s more, immature TD technology impacted on customer experience to some extent. At the beginning of TD’s commercialization, terminals were in severe shortage. Most OEMs only launched one or two types of handsets with lower performance in the apsects of apperance, application, interface compared with the mature 2G phones. Simultaneous work of about 7 chips were required for a TD terminal. This, plus deficiency in power consumption and adaption as well as high terminal price, led to low shipment and OEMs’ failure of making profits.
“Any tiny trouble may influence the use of handsets. Before launching Ophone 2.0, we have solved 159 TD chip related problems, and modified over 1,000 items of OPhone OS 2.5,” Pat Chan pointed out. According to him, MTBF test requiring a 200h or above of predicted elapsed time between inherent failures during operation was made to improve the stability in the course of development. This indicated that the design level of OPhone based terminals must be close to or even aligned with that of TCDMA terminals.
“The criteria of 200h was just enlightened from our partner. The MTBF value was once required to hit 800 hours when we dealt with a US company,“ Pat Chan stated. From the first-round to the fourth-round debugging, the stability of OPhone has increased from 24 hours to 255 hours. “We used to define Failure to Pass as system crash, but now even a failure to execute a single command will count”, he added.
According to him, among OPhone 2.5 based handsets launched this year, Motorola MT 620 boasts a MTBF value of over 200 hours, far surpassing other common terminals with a value of 60-70 hours. “stability is the essential premise for good consumer experience,” he said.
At the time being, chip development saw some progress too.
Marvell’s single chip solution provides the first access for TD smart terminals to stand on the same starting line with WCDMA terminals.
Marvell TD-SCDMA single chips solution, PXA320, is sponsored by the Research Institution of China Mobile. It not only help realize great improvements of chip performance, but also enables easy resolution to the soft spot in apperance design and power consumption.
In overseas markets, cooperation with Qualcomm and Infineon Technologies helps Borqs accumulate lots of experience in W-CDMA chips. Also, the company has established partnerships with some handset manufacturers in Japan and India, as well as Singtel from Singapore. One of them has used Borqs’ chip solutions on its gobal Andriod terminals.
“From 2007 to 2010, OPhone accounted for 60% of our business, but now this figure has dropped to 30%,” Pat Chan said. As he stated, what make him proud most is to carve out Borqs, not that fast, but eventually recognized. He plans to further invest into technology. “Our next focus will be still on operating system, and we will also make continuous investment in cloud computing,” he further stated. For now, it is said that the research and development expenses account for 80% of the total payout at Borqs.
Average growth rate for three years:1054%
Founder: Pat Chan
Headquarters: Hong Kong
Core technology : End-to-end integrated software solutions for mobile Internet
Leading-edge technology: Seamless connection of mobile operators, terminals, chips and mobile Internet.
Technology revenue :R&D expenses account for 80% of the total
Financing amount: USD 35 million
Business model: Borqs is committed to providing end-to-end software solutions for mobile Internet industy, thereby helping partners map out their own solutions.
Borqs: Dedicated to End-to-end Integrated Software Solutions [China Computerworld via Borqs, Nov 4, 2011]
Ms. Wang Tun, Vice President, Business Development at Borqs International Holding Corp (Borqs) said: “We have received much attention for OMS (Open Mobile System) represented by OPhone that we developed for China Mobile. However, OMS is just part of our core business.” As far as what she said goes, China’s independently developed OMS has aroused widespread concern in recent years, bringing its developer, Borqs, under the spotlight. However, Borqs is not well known to the public yet. The technical competitiveness of this emerging tech company established in 2007 and its other operations except for OMS are still behind the curtain. Now a recent field interview may help you know more about this somewhat still mysterious company.
Dedicated to end-to-end integrated software solutions
Borqs operates in an independent six-storey white building in Wangjing Plaza, Beijing. According to an employee with Borqs, considering its robust growth in recent years, the company rented this office building in whole, but it is just one of its office locations in Beijing. During the interview in a meeting room, it was easy to be impressed by a variety of patent certificates on the wall and, somewhat surprisingly, the straightforward talk by Ms. Wang Tun, Vice President, Business Development at Borqs.
“Our business is composed of three lineups since the establishment. Borqs is not just about OS,” Ms. Wang said. Incorporated in 2007, the company is a high-tech enterprise dedicated to providing end-to-end integrated software solutions for the whole industrial chain of mobile communications. “Cloud, management and terminal”, referring to, respectively, Mobile Cloud Computing Platform, Mobile Information Management System Platform (Mobee, Mobile Widget) and OMS, were positioned as three main lineups underpinning Borqs for making its corporate objective real.
Borqs’ OMS is mainly represented by Android-based OPhone running on the Linux kernel. It is an independently developed operating system essentially different from those operating systems modified from Android in China’s market. Ms. Wang Tun said: “OMS is an open mobile intelligent software platform. It includes a Linux Kernel, middleware, Java virtual machine, application software and other applications such as FOTA [Firmware Over-the-Air], RIL [Radio Interface Layer] and WebKit. It also features high compatibility same as that of Android and Bada.”
OMS is the trailblazer of China-owned mobile operating system, but facing a fierce competition against several powerful rivals in local Chinese market, such as Cloud OS launched by Alibaba. It has been affirmed that Baidu will roll out its mobile operating system supportable to China Telecom’s CDMA 2000 standard at the end of this year. Nevertheless, Ms. Wang Tun said for sure that there was no need to worry about that.
She explained her confidence quite directly: OMS is a continued evolution of advanced technology, also an integrated solution. According to her, many new features, such as Html5 and cloud application, are hyped up by the industry, but they are immature with many defects, including slow traffic caused by real-time networking and compromised user experience by unstable network. Reversely, Borqs, rather than talking big, is always committed to improving the performances of OMS for constantly enhanced user experience. Its next-generation OMS will focus on voice intelligence, multi-screen play, LTE, IPv6, security and more powerful chips. To that end, the company has established a wide range of partnership programs with some global players, such as NEC and Singtel.
Focusing on Mobile Internet Market
The success of mobile Internet on the consumer market is just a starting point of its future rise. Together with the increasing popularity of mobile Internet and smart terminals, more applications for mobile business purpose will be created and provided for a wide spectrum of industries. Simple, efficient and safe corporate-level solutions will be bringing more benefits. With this in mind, Borqs has been striving to deliver end-to-end integrated software solutions just for business customers, with some remarkable achievements already made.
According to Ms. Wang Tun, Borqs has had some success cases in the fields of information system construction and e-government, the major part of which is mobile Internet-enabled industry application systems built upon mobile clients and mobile cloud computing on the back end. Its information management system is customized based on [its] Mobee management platform, integrating an audio/video information system for content distribution.
Also, Mr. Wang Tun disclosed that [its] Big Cloud, developed by Borqs with advanced open source technology, is designed to provide a complete, innovative solution for massive data processing and user management catering to mobile Internet. Big Cloud is a system platform innovated and developed with IRP [?Internet Resource Planning?] on mobile Internet, IT support system solution and the low-cost PC-Grid computing technology. It is a platform with high performance of reliability, availability and scalability. She even revealed that the company has been dedicated to the research of Big Cloud-related technologies since its establishment.
At present, Mobee is far from public knowledge. It is reported that Mobee is a mobile Internet application platform based on mobile information management technology, covering application management, news, e-books and audios & videos. Borqs has made a special strategy for Mobee: As the core of information management systems, it is made available for customers on a customized basis; meanwhile, generous efforts are made in brand incubation to promote its offerings such as Mobee Apps, Mobee News, Mobee Readings, Mobee Weather, Mobee Stock, etc.
Mentioning the future industry applications, Ms. Wang Tun said that Borqs, with strong technical power, is willing to create a win-win industry chain by partnering with system integrators and developers from various industries.
Now, many new features of mobile operating systems, such as Html5 and cloud application, are just hypes, rather immature with many defects, including slow traffic caused by real-time networking and compromised user experience by unstable network.
Asus T20 introduced smart phones, using OPhone 2.5 platform [Oct 25, 2011]
Asus in Beijing released T20 smart phones. According to information, released the T20 smart phones, mobile launch, working with the second paragraph TD mobile phones.
T20 in mobile leading harsh OPhone2.5 mobile terminal product special test, with minimal number, the total score of the excellent result ranked first in the first through the test, and become the first OPhone2.5 China mobile platform 3 G smartphones.
Computer China headquarters handheld division TangShiLin general manager, said on the 3 G information age, asus has issued the Windows platform of mobile phones, the M A of the Android platform of mobile phones, and began in 2009 and China mobile cooperation development TD mobile phone, support our country with independent intellectual property rights td-scdma technology standards, released Ophone system of mobile phone T, to the mobile phone released today T20, asus always insist the complete set up from the personal computing end to the clouds of the bridge operation mission, smart phones can let users instant, namely, to get more human nature on the content and all kinds of clouds service, is to the clouds of calculation an important terminal.
China Mobile Research Institute: Ophone basic catch up iPhone [Beijing Morning Post, via Google Translate, June 10, 2011]
Morning News (Reporter Jiao Likun) held yesterday TD intelligent terminal technology development seminar, China Mobile Research Institute Bill Huang said that China Mobile Ophone has basically caught up with the iPhone’s level, in addition to a technology – Multi-Touch screen.
Bill Huang pointed out that after five years of development, the Ophone has the best multi-tasking, open, API, etc. to catch up with iPhone, but still in the multi-touch in Apple’s lead.
iPhone touch screen mobile phone caused a global boom. China Mobile Ophone is the leading smartphone platform. Borqs Tun Wang, vice president of Commerce, said that so far, OPhone phone has been developed 29. To the end of last year, Ophone in TD smart device market share up to 38%.
Wang Tun said that this year will introduce OPhone 2.6 platform to support high-definition video transmission and interactive television, Ophone will use the Tablet PC Edition operating system.
Borqs to Launch OPhone 3.0 in Q1 2012 [Marbridge Daily, Netease Tech, June 8, 2011]
Wang Tun, VP of Beijing-based mobile software solutions provider Borqs, recently revealed that version 3.0 of China Mobile’s (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) OPhone mobile OS will be released in Q1 2012, featuring improved security, IPv6 support, and new cloud-based services.
The OPhone or Open Mobile System (OMS) is an Android-based platform that supports a number of China Mobile data services, such as mobile IM client Fetion, the Mobile Market app store, and 139 mobile e-mail. Wang said Borqs is cooperating with over 20 handset manufacturers to produce OPhone smartphones, with R&D completed on 29 handsets, more than 20 of which have already been released. As of the end of last year, OPhone accounted for 38% of the TD-SCDMA smartphone market. A number of handset manufacturers, including Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Huawei, ZTE (0763.HK; 000063.SZ), and Sharp, will continue to release products this year featuring the recently released OPhone 2.5 mobile OS, at prices significantly lower than those in the past two years.
Borqs OPhone years of “stealth” to cloud the future [Communications World Network via Google translation, Aug 15, 2011]
Communications World Network ( CWW ) 8 (Reuters) broadcast communications, an industry that is familiar and unfamiliar company, familiar because of their many years of time to focus on OPhone OS operating system platform development, and OPhone products have also been seen as a TD terminal symbol of product development; and it is because they are unfamiliar with China Mobile in the market between the origin of long-term low-key publicity.
Along the way, OPhone ups and downs
August 31, 2009 China Mobile jointly released the first batch of more than OPhone mobile terminal manufacturers, and OPhone OS 1.0 version of the operating system is also to meet with the user. Borqs Tun Wang, vice president of business media conference admitted in, OPhone end product from scratch, is a gradually mature, and gradually perfect the process. OPhone launch five platform version of the two years, more than 30 terminals, OPhone more mature; simultaneously fit all of the TD Modem and mainstream chip, driven by the industrial partners, industry, environment, maturity and development.
Initially released in 2009 to Lenovo O1 OPhone most typical mobile phone, from the terminal point of view, TD industry in terms of the chip industry is a new challenge, because chip solution immature, then a TD mobile phone chip requires about seven simultaneously, the power consumption and adapter for mobile phones and other issues, it faces enormous challenges. TD mobile phone form factor is also a single, larger one important reason. And, TD network instability also affects the user experience.
Insiders pointed out, it is undeniable that when criticized by the parties OPhone terminal operating system is not all over, in the TD network, terminal hardware support are varying degrees of problems, integrated all the factors causing the user for the OPhone misunderstandings, but also caused difficulties in the latter part of OPhone terminal advance.
OPhone early stages of development, the terminal price is a major cause of limited advance, while the single-section shipments are not ideal terminal into a terminal manufacturers are not profitable, the hardware chip count not a big bang, end the vicious cycle of high prices.
Wang Tun, concedes, Marvell single-chip solution can be said that the launch of TD industry chain of development, making TD the first opportunity to intelligent terminals and WCDMA terminals stood quite the starting line.
It is understood, Marvell’s TD-SCDMA PXA920 single-chip solution is strongly supported by the Research Institute of China Mobile TD-chip R & D projects, and the introduction of single-chip solution not only in chip performance has been greatly improved, while the terminal design and energy problems are solved.
Currently, OPhone OS version 2.5 has been reached, after the first two years of pain, the current OPhone either hardware support or software systems, are the best period of development ushered in history. Gradually introduced in the first half of this year, a variety of OPhone phone prices were 2,000 yuan, while Huawei T8300 has achieved a thousand OPhone goal, which broadcast communications, said Ray Wang, senior director of product management, the current OPhone the price of smart phones has basically become more reasonable, cost-effective but also more acceptable to users, will usher in the next outbreak.
Stability is the key OPhone
In April, Borqs released its latest 2.5 version of the OMS, based on kernel development Android 2.2 made, it is reported, OPhone OS 2.5 version compared to the previous version has more than 1000 improved, more focus on user experience. Wang Lei said, OMS2.5 whether or Widget UI design experience more in line with the Chinese people for the smart phone experience, while the Internet anytime, anywhere “with e-line” client, 2G / 3G network access to the “VPN enterprise network,” The new “mobile reading” experience, support Wi-Fi to download the “game room”, etc. are OPhone2.5 improvement highlights.
OPhone OS operating system from the emergence of the software compatibility has been criticized by the industry’s biggest problem, now the new 2.5 version of this problem has been completely resolved. Borqs Commercial Director Zou Junfeng said, “first-line OPhone phone manufacturers need Google 100% compatibility testing, while doing OPhone the outset, we and Google are the anti-secession agreement, and now in the Android market, all the software in OPhone 2.5 can be run on the phone. ”
Wang Lei said that in the year listed OPhone 2.5 phone, Motorola MT620 mobile phone has been tested time and stable operation of its independence in 200 hours or more, and now the vast majority of end-user experience of failure-free run-time is generally 60-70 hours, and stability to the user experience is an important prerequisite for good.
According to reports, Motorola MT620 terminal shipments more than 30 million, and this year with Huawei T8300 phone shipments will exceed 50 million, which will refresh OPhone new record mobile phone shipments.
OPhone from the terminal to the cloud
While the current “mobile cloud” concept continually referred to by the terminal manufacturers, mobile phone from the terminal has become an inevitable trend toward the clouds, which Wang Tun introduced to, OPhone OS 3.0 is developing next-generation version, but in this version, the “cloud “OPhone will be implanted into the phone, while the cloud service system will be realized in the end.
Wang Tun said, including cloud services such as Apple’s iCloud launch, users also enjoy the convenience of personal privacy is under threat, due to personal information are all on the cloud, personal security, and national security is bound to be under threat.
Currently Borqs ongoing services in the cloud-end R & D program, but also China Mobile “big cloud” 1.0 plan providers, I believe that with the clouds and end-system continues to mature, I believe that will provide stable and secure cloud the overall service .
Motorola MOTO MT620
Release Date: June, 2011
OS: Borqs OPhone OS 2.5 Chinese
CPU: 32bit Marvell PXA920, 806MHz
Memory: 512MiB RAM, 512MiB ROM
Display: 3.1″ 320×480 pixel color transflective TFT
Cellular Phone: GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900,..
Physical Attributes:60 x 122 x 12.4 mm, 123 g
Sony Ericsson WT18 / WT18i
Release Date: June, 2011
OS: Borqs OPhone OS 2.5
CPU: 32bit Marvell PXA920, 806MHz
Memory: 512MiB ROM
Display: 3.2″ 320×480 pixel color transflective TFT
Cellular Phone: GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800,..
Physical Attributes: 56.5 x 106 x 14.3 mm, 110 g
There was an increase in demand for mobile music after the launch of the Walkman series phones from Sony Ericsson. To take on phones Sony Ericsson music, other companies also started to launch similar mobile phones. Whatever the level of competition from SE Walkman phones definitely belong to a class way beyond the reach of its rivals. This time he came with the new Sony Ericsson WT18iphone Android to charm the masses.
After the announcement of the new W8, WT18iis the final Walkman phone from Sony Ericsson that was introduced in China. This is a phone that works with TD-SCDMA/GSMA Chinese version of the operating system Android 2.2 (Froyo) called OPhone 2.5 which is fully compatible with all Android applications. It is available on China Mobile and uses Marvell PXA920 806MHz CPU processor power. The WT18i has a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 320 × 480 pixels.
Other features include the WT18i 3Mega pixel camera, 150GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, GPS, Wi-Fi b / g / n, an FM tuner, Sony Walkman basic audio, and a micro card slot SDHC. It is also able to shoot videos 480/24p. Coming soon in China, the Sony Ericsson WT18i uses a battery 1200mAh, 56.5 × 106 × 14.3mm and weighs in a position only 110 grams.
WT18i indicated is similar to a Walkman phone Sony Ericsson W8, Sony Ericsson WT18i specifications indicate that this phone is designed for low-end marketsand cheap, young people who consider price. Sony Ericsson uses Marvell PXA 920 processor WT18i, 806 MHz clock speed and a screen 3.2 “HVGA. Device is equipped with a 150 MB the internal memory and microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
Sony Ericsson WT18i Specification and features :
- Display: 3.2 inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display with 320 × 480 pixels, 16M colors
- Single-Touch and ease of handwriting recognition
- 3GP and MP4 video
- Camera: 3 MP camera with video recorder 480p
- Virtual QWERTY Keyboard
- Expandable memory: up to 32 GB MicroSD Card
- Operating System: Android OS 2.2 Froyo
- Connectivity: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n options
- Dimension: 106 x 56.5 x 14.3 mm
- Weight: 110 grams
- Battery: Li-ion 1200 mAh
With the Walkman W8 WT18i and advertising, things are going well for Sony Ericsson. However, these are mid-range. Hopefully they have something in reserve for high-end consumers. On the other hand, many people do not see the point of most Walkman phones. Is Sony taking a gamble with their latest offers? We think so. The most important question is: the bet will pay off eventually? Stay Connected for more news about it!
- PKR: Rs.27, 500
- USD: $ 299.99
The current (Nov 29, 2011) low-end offerings are the following ones:
|Model:||T83003.2″ Capacitive Screen Ophone 2.5 TD-SCDMA 3G Smart Phone w/ WiFi+GPS – Black||88093.2″ Touch Screen 3G TD-SCDMA OPhone 2.5 Android Smartphone w/ Wi-Fi + TV – Black|
|Price:||$138.90 [elsewhere is the same street price of ¥ 888.00 = $139.21] EUR 114.33||$141.60EUR 116.55|
|Special Features:||Slim body,quick react screen, 3.2″ capacitive screen display, Customized App can be removed by root.||TV and Wi-Fi function available, Ophone 2.5 system, fully compatible with the Android 2.2 OS applications|
|Format:||Touch Smart Phone||Touch bar smartphone|
|Cell Phone Weight (w/Battery)||104.0 grams||127g|
|Operating System:||Android based, Ophone 2.5||Ophone 2.5, fully compatible with the Android 2.2 OS applications|
|Processor:||Marvell [PXA918], 600MHZ||Marvell PXA918, 624MHz|
|LCD Screen:||3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen||3.2-inch screen|
|Screen Resolution:||480 x 320 pixels||480 x 320 pixels|
|Network Bands:||GSM/TD-SCDMA, 2G:GSM850/900/1800/1900,3G:TD-SCDMA1880-1920/2010-2025MHZ||GSM/TD-SCDMAGSM:900MHz/1800MHz/1900MHzTDSCDMA:1880/2010MHz|
|SIM Slots:||Single SIM slot||Single SIM slot|
|Wifi/Wireless LAN/WLAN:||Yes. 802.11b/g||Yes, 802.11b/g/n|
|Speakers:||1 Speaker||Single speaker|
|Memory Slot Type:||MicroSD/TF card up to 32GB in size (2GB memory card included)||MicroSD/TF card up to 32 GB in size (2GB memory card included)|
|Built-in/Included Memory:||512MB ROM, 512MB RAM||512MB ROM, 256MB RAM|
|Digital Camera(s):||3.2MP, Picture Max Resolution: 2048×1536 pixels||300 KP front camera plus 3.0 MP back camera with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution|
|Playback Formats:||MP3/3GP/MP4/JPG/TXT (with certain App almost all the formats are supported)||MP4/3GP/MP3/AAC/MIDI|
|TV Tuner:||No||Yes, PAL/NTSC/AUTO|
|FM Radio Tuner:||Built-in FM Radio Tuner||No|
|Voice Recording:||Voice Recording Supported||Yes|
|Batteries:||1 x 1200 mAh lithium ion rechargeable batteries included||1 x 1450mAh lithium battery|
|AC Charger:||100~240V AC Battery Charger included (2-Flat-Pin Plug)||AC 100~240V Power Adapter (EU plug)|
|Recharge via USB Port:||Yes||Yes|
|Phone Language(s):||Chinese/English||Chinese / English|
|User’s Guide:||English user’s guide included||English/Chinese user manual|
|Accessories Included:||1 x 3.5mm earphone1 x 1200mAh battery1 x USB Charging/Data Cable||1 x 3.5mm earphone1 x 1450mAh lithium battery1 x USB cable with AC adapter1 x 2GB TF card|
|Manufacturer’s Warranty:||12 Months excluding physical damages (see specifications for terms and details)||15 Months excluding physical damages (see specifications for terms and details)|
Note that the Huawei T8300 is the TD-SCDMA specific redesign of the IDEOS X3 smartphone announced at MWC’11 (but only delivered since June’11, for around US$240 in Singapore and for around US$200 in Malaysia). The Qualcomm MSM7227 SoC (announced in Feb’09 for sub-$150 smartphones) used in X3 was not able to support TD-SCDMA so the only available SoC was Marvell’s PXA920/918 SoCs family available since Sep’09 (although capable of passing the rigorous TD-SCDMA tests only almost 2 years).
Li Wang, executive vice president of the Chinese mobile phone brand Coolpad, revealed that the company plans to completely stop manufacturing mobile phones and non-smartphone devices in 2012.
Instead, the company will try to focus only on smartphone manufacturing. Li told local media that Coolpad’s mobile device shipments in the entire year of 2011 is expected to reach over 12 million units, of which over 60% are smartphones.
Coolpad’s current business focus in reportedly on the domestic Chinese market and the first- and second-tier cities are its key markets. With its gradual penetration into the third- and fourth-tier cities, Coolpad will adjust its sales and marketing strategy accordingly, said Li. Apart from the domestic market, the company will continue to expand into overseas markets. Following its entry into India and Indonesia, the company has started developing the North American and European markets.
Borqs Unveils Latest OPhone Handsets at 14th China Beijing International High-tech Expo [Borqs article, May 20, 2011]
With the coming of the World Telecommunications Day, the 14th China Beijing International High-tech Expo (the Expo) opened at China International Exhibition Center from May 18th to 22nd, 2011. This Expo was co-organized by several state departments of China, including the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Many innovative enterprises participated into the Expo with their innovation achievements. Borqs, one of the members of China’s National Special Key Projects, were also invited and exhibited the new serial of TD smartphones running on OPhone OS 2.0 or higher.
From “Made in China” to “Created in China”, and then to “China Standards”, enterprises based in Zhongguancun have always been committed to innovation and development since their establishment. As technology advancement and industry transfer are seen everywhere around the world, China Mobile developed and launched the first 3G standard in China, TD-SCDMA, a decade plus ago. As of today, China Mobile has maintained 61.9 million 3G mobile users as well as 26.99 million TD-SCDMA users. Recently, Mr. Jianzhou Wang, the Chairman of China Mobile, pointed out that TD system was no longer a test network but a commercial one covering 656 cities around China with the joint efforts of China Mobile and its industry partners from within and outside the country. Especially, the TD-SCDMA industry chain has emerged in recent years,, consisting of near 50 telecommunication enterprises, including many manufacturers and providers of network, terminals and chips, in and outside China.
OPhone OS is closely related to TD. Up to now, OPhone smartphones account for 50% of TD smartphones. At the Expo, a wide range of TD terminals are exhibited, including many new OPhone-based models. Following its receiving recognition from the state officials at the prior 11th Five-year Plan Major Science & Technology Achievements Exhibition, OPhone OS continued to be all the rage and attracted many visitors at the Expo.
Mr. Huang Xiaoqing: China Mobile Started Research of OPhone 3.0 [Borqs article, Oct 13, 2010]
NetEase Tech, October 12th – Mr. Huang Xiaoqing, President of the Research Institution of China Mobile, told NetEase Tech during an interview at the ICT China High Level Forum 2010 that China Mobile had initiated the research plan for OPhone 2.5 and OPhone 3.0.
As of today, China Mobile has introduced a number of OPhone-based smartphones by partnering with some mobile manufacturers, but without any flagship products at various prices that could deliver outstanding user experience. Mr. Huang Xiaoqing says, “It is a big challenge for both the Research Institution of China Mobile and even the entire telecommunication industry in China. It’s about how the nationwide industry could evolve and catch up with the world’s leading technology in an open-source environment.”
According to Mr. Huang, terminal testing results proved that OPhone 2.0, following OPhone 1.0 and 1.5, had been built with an industry-leading performance enabling a wide range of mobile phone functionalities. China Mobile has now been working on the development of OPhone 2.5 and 3.0. He expressed his ambition that the new versions could “be in the world’s leading position”.
While developing upgraded versions of OPhone OS, China Mobile has incorporated the target to develop low-price terminals into its OPhone roadmap. Mr. Huang explained, “There are quite many OPhone mobile phones on the market, but most of them are too much expensive. It has been one of our goals to cut down the price of OPhone mobile phones to 1,000 Yuan or below, equivalent to that of ordinary mobile terminals, but without sacrificing user experience.”
Leadcore, a China-based chip manufacturer, is reported to have launched the first OPhone-based TD-SCDMA single-chip smartphone solution for OPhone smartphones priced at RMB 1,000 Yuan. Industry experts estimate that China Mobile might be able to launch some OPhone-based smart phones priced at RMB 1,000 Yuan or even below at year-end of 2010 and beginning of 2011 in a joint effort with some partners from its industry chain.
OPhone is a smartphone operating system based on Google Android. At the end of August 2009, China Mobile launched OPhone platform in three versions successively, including OPhone 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0. As of now, more than 20 mobile manufacturers in/outside China has joined the camp of OPhone and launched many popular OPhone-based mobile phones.