China gets first CDMA Windows Phone

The first CDMA Windows Phone to go on sale in China is being readied for launch. The Nokia 800C, Nokia’s first Lumia phone to launch in the world’s largest smartphone market, is being sold by China Telecom. The Microsoft platform was introduced to China in March, supported by HTC’s X310 Eternity device.

"We're excited to introduce our first Lumia smartphone, the Nokia 800C, to this important market with our exclusive launch partner, China Telecom. Working closely together, we've created a compelling, locally relevant experience especially tailored for people in China," said Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia.

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."

China Telecom will also offer a lower cost Lumia smartphone, the Lumia 610. The CDMA device is aimed at a youth demographic; the device launches are part of Nokia’s stated goal of targeting the Chinese market with CDMA handsets.

The 800C features a 3.7" AMOLED ClearBlack curved touchscreen display with a 1.4 GHz processor, hardware acceleration and a separate graphics processor. It offers 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.

China Telecom and Nokia have worked closely together to bring integrated China Telecom services that target young people including music, games, videos, and integrated reading apps onto the Nokia 800C home screen.  Nokia and Microsoft also announced the Be Top program, which is designed to encourage and support developers in creating great new applications on Windows Phone specifically for people in China.

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