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Samsung G9098 Android Flip Phone Headed To China

Clamshell or flip phones were once the most popular form factor in 2009 in the United States however with the entry smartphones consumers now prefer touch-based displays or slide-out keyboards. This does not mean though that there is no market for flip phones with Samsung expected to launch an Android powered flip phone in China soon.

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The Samsung SM-G9098 sports a clamshell design and just recently got certified by China’s TENAA. This means that it is going to be officially unveiled soon although no specific date has been announced yet. This is just one of the latest clamshell devices that Samsung will be releasing in China as last year the company released several flip phones which included the Samsung Galaxy Golden.

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The Samsung SM-G9098 is a clamshell device running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean that sports two displays, one located outside and the other located inside. Both displays have a 3.67-inch size and have a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.  While this is much lower than a FHD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution this device does not need a high resolution since its display is only 3.67 inches. Powering the device is a 2.3GHz quad-core processor which could quite possibly be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. It’s got 2GB of RAM which should make multi tasking between various applications go smoothly. The TENAA listing also shows that this model has two cameras although its exact megapixel count was not listed. The photos however indicate that at least one of the cameras is a 13MP shooter. Other features include Bluetooth, WLAN, GPRS, GPS, USB, and 3.5mm audio jack. One downside to this model is that it does not come with a microSD expansion slot so consumers will have to rely on its internal storage without any way of expanding it save for cloud storage solutions.

The SM-G9098 is going to be released exclusively for the China Mobile carrier. This means that it will support GSM and TD-SCDMA networks in China. There’s also no indication that this device will be released outside of China, not even in South Korea,  as it appears to be exclusively available only on China Mobile.

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Multiple Unannounced LG Phones Spotted Online, Including FHD G Pro 2 and Optimus F3 II for Sprint

For an Android player that routinely mirrors the marketing strategies of rival Samsung, at least as far as choice and diversity are concerned, LG has had an unusually timid beginning of the year, swinging by CES earlier this month only to again showcase the curvy G Flex.

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No new product announcements, no nothing, until a press release previewed G Pro 2’s imminent rollout. But the big guy ain’t out yet, so technically LG still hasn’t introduced anything fresh in 2014. Oh, yes, only when the Koreans get going, they’re virtually impossible to stop.

In other words, when it rains, it pours, and expect February and March to be remarkably rainy months. An avalanche of unreleased LG-made devices has descended upon us this past week, bringing with it a bundle of codenames and model numbers, some easier to crack, some… not so much.

Let’s start with the easy parts. The G Pro 2 is nearly guaranteed to tout a Full HD (aka 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution) display, as per the User Agent Profile of its China Mobile-bound variant: D838. On the software side of things, Android 4.4 KitKat is a certainty as well, though I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised.

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Another leaked document confirms the phablet’s global model number – D830 – and its aliases in Korea – F350K, F350L, F350S – whereas an RRA (Korea National Radio Research) certification proves there’s on-board LTE-Advanced support, plus NFC, GSM and W-CDMA. Also, that it’s landing in LG’s homeland pretty soon, maybe a few days after the expected MWC formal debut.

Moving on a little lower on the totem pole, an LS740 was seen casually dropping by FCC on its way to Sprint. Since it’s obviously connected to 2013’s Optimus F3 (aka LS720), odds are it’ll go official as the F3 II, with LTE support, pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat (nice!), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC and qHD (960 x 540 pix res) screen.

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Assuming the F390L is the Korean copycat of the Optimus F3 II (which is a solid guess), the mid-ranger is tipped to measure 4.7 inches, as per a listing on the official website of Asian carrier LG U+. But the first-gen F3 was a tiny 4-incher, so the size increase seems a tad drastic.

Oh, well, let’s wait and see, but for now, another tidbit. Verizon may also score a variant of this Optimus F3 II, known on the inside as the VS876. Did I or did I not tell you we’ll be hearing a lot of LG these coming months?

And there’s more. A mysterious entry-level Optimus X3 line (name subject to change), which may replace the Optimus Ls. So far, we’ve identified five members of the family, though it’s not out of the question they’re one and the same, simply carrying different monikers for certain regions and specific networks.

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For instance, the F370 (K, L and S) is headed to Korea with Android 4.4 KitKat, a 4.5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) panel and quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU. Meanwhile, the D315 and D317 are the global flavors, likely with single SIM and dual SIM respectively, and the D317H is on its way to Brazil. Finally, the L31L is tailor-made for American prepaid wireless provider TracFone.

So LG or Samsung? Which do you think will win the number challenge this quarter? Mind you, LG has a G2 mini in the works too, and an Optimus F3Q en route to T-Mobile.

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Mystery Samsung SM-G3518 Surfaces in China, Joining the Galaxy Core Family Soon

Oh, look, Samsung has another mid-range Galaxy S4 lookalike in the pipeline. Model numbered SM-G3518, this thing has very obvious close ties with the Galaxy Core Plus (aka G3500), though its official name is quite the tough nut to crack.

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Galaxy Core Advance? Nah, that’s taken already by an underwhelming 4.7-incher with WVGA resolution, modest dual-core SoC but some extremely useful pre-loaded features and functions for the visually impaired.

How about… Galaxy Core Plus Advance? Galaxy Core Plus Pro? Galaxy Core Plus LTE? Galaxy Core Plus Advance Pro Neo Fresh Young 4G LTE? You may think I’m kidding, but I wouldn’t put it past Samsung to baptize the SM-G3518 with any of those monikers. Okay, save for the last one.

Ultimately though, it’d be fitting (and simple) to just call this the Galaxy Core LTE. Worst case scenario, Galaxy Core Plus LTE. You know, since it’s basically a Core Plus (not to be mistaken with the Core Advance) with added TD-LTE and FDD-LTE support for China Mobile.

From an aesthetical standpoint, there doesn’t seem to be much to set the SM-G3518 and Core Plus apart, yet in the hardware and software departments a number of things are tweaked. The dual-core 1.2 GHz processor of the Core Plus keeps the clocking speed while doubling down on the number of cores, the rear camera will sport an 8 MP sensor (vs. 5 on the Core Plus), and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is to run the software show (vs. 4.2).

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Meanwhile, the display grows in size (4.52 vs. 4.3 inches), but maintains the meager resolution (800 x 480 pixels), so no idea if you should look at this as an upgrade or downgrade. What else? Oh, yeah, the RAM is unchanged: 1 GB.

Oddly, the SM-G3518 only gains 2 grams or so in weight (for a total of 134), and adds 0.4 mm to the thickness. Hmm, could it be a 4.3-incher after all?

Not sure, which is also what can be said about the possibility of the mid-ranger launching globally. It’s definitely coming to China, and fairly soon, as per today’s Tenaa approval, but it’s the next few weeks that will confirm or disprove an eventual worldwide rollout. Either way, there’s nothing to get overly excited about here.

Via [Ameblo]

HTC Butterfly S Is Officially The First China Operating System-Powered Device

When news first broke that the Chinese government was working alongside the Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS) on an Android-competing mobile operating system based on Ubuntu, to be candid, no one really knew what to make of it.

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On the one hand, there are plenty of Android and iOS rivals, forks and clones out and about (think Tizen, Firefox OS and Sailfish), but they’re all light years and millions of dollars spent on development and marketing away from becoming a genuine menace. Not to mention the promising (on paper) projects initiated of late and abandoned before getting a shot at fame.

Or BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone, the costly challenger wannabes that never lived to their “true” potential and hype.

Then again, we should probably know better than to just discard an initiative by the Chinese government. Let’s put that into perspective. We’re talking about the powers to be in the world’s most populous country and the biggest mobile market, with roughly 1.2 billion subscribers spread out between the nation’s three leading carriers.

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For comparison, active Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile users in the US sum up to about 320 million. Sounds threatening enough? If not, then let’s also mention HTC was rumored to be involved in the development of China Operating System (COS) from day one.

The Taiwanese never confirmed that, but they didn’t do a very convincing job of denying it either, so make of that what you will. Or better yet, make of this what you will: after the official introduction of COS last week, the first device built around the platform has popped up, preparing to roll out with China Mobile, the leading wireless service provider in the Middle Kingdom.

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Only the handheld is not an absolute novelty, but rather a carbon copy of HTC’s Butterfly S. With the same exact hardware as the Android version launched last year (5-inch 1,080p screen, quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2 GB RAM and whatnot), and an extremely subtle software makeover.

So subtle in fact one would probably not have noticed it were it not for the COS logos on the phone’s box. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Those bastards! They said they weren’t going to rip off or fork Android and they did just that.

To make matters worse, COS will apparently be closed source, so we’ll never be able to prove they mimicked took a leaf out of Google’s playbook. But hey, all’s fair in love, war and mobile war, right?

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Besides, it’s not that COS resembles stock Android so much. It’s more of a duplicate of HTC’s Sense-skinned Android. And if the One makers are fine with it, why should we mind?

The bigger question is what will Big G think of HTC’s “betrayal”? And was the OEM’s gamble worth it? Finally, could COS be truly a force to be reckoned with? At least on the Asian continent? Guess only time will tell. Which shouldn’t stop you from speculating. The comments section is all yours.

Via [Baidu]

Samsung launches world’s first flip phone with a Snapdragon 800 SoC

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Samsung Flip Phone

Samsung and China Telecom have announced a new clamshell flip phone called the SCH-W2014 which comes with a top of the line hardware specs sheet. The smartphone was announced at the annual Heart Of The World charity concert in Nanjing, China. While it looks very familiar to the Galaxy Golden flip phone which launched recently, it’s far apart from the smartphone, at least in terms of internal hardware. The smartphone features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC which is a powerhouse in the segment. Additionally, the handset comes with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13MP camera sensor, dual SIM functionality, a 1,900 mAh battery, two 3.7 inch 480×800 AMOLED displays on the front and back with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

This should also mean that the handset is compatible with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. People in China who are interested in the smartphone will have to shell out in excess of 10,000 Chinese Yuan which is about $1642 in American currency. So Samsung is clearly charging a premium for this smartphone, which was expected after the extravagant pricing of the Galaxy Golden in most markets.

Source: Engadget

Via: Talk Android

HTC developing new mobile OS for Chinese market

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HTC has had a rough few years, in 2009 the company held about 40% of Android and had the biggest sales worldwide on the mobile OS, but now Samsung is completely dominate and HTC has lost 30% of their ownership.

This has put lots of pressure on the company, not just externally from investors, shareholders and consumers, but internally from executives, who see the company as a sinking ship with an unequipped captain.

The HTC One has been the shinning jewel of the companies success as a mobile developer, but they have failed to really show it in sales. The HTC One has sold around seven million units, a far cry short of the twenty million Galaxy S4 units Samsung has flogged.

With this new statistic, it may push HTC to China, the biggest mobile consumer. The company has apparently been working for two years on an operating system specific to China, with integrated Chinese social platforms and cheap hardware.

This move will solidify HTC’s connection with the Chinese government, who want homegrown success, not American software and hardware infesting the country. Baidu and Weibo have both been great hits in the country and China wants more sophisticated technology for their people.

We believe HTC will continue to work on Android and release new devices, but this Chinese hub will be a way to make vast amounts of income from cheap smartphones, looking to services as a means to make more money.

There is competition in China, especially on a hardware front. HTC may be able to get the OS out with some services unique to China, but the question is will it be able to get traction on hardware against other companies based in China, like Xiaomi, ZTE, Oppo and Huawei.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II with Snapdragon 600 hits China

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The Samsung Galaxy Note II with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip has been just officially announced by China Mobile. In addition to GSM and WCDMA, this variant brings support for additional network frequencies like TD-LTE, FDD-LTE and TD-SCDMA. This new variant shares the rest of its specs with the original Galaxy Note II. The quad core CPU is now clocked at 1.9 GHz with the Adreno 320 GPU replacing the Mali-400 GPU.

The Galaxy Note II was originally launched in September last year with the Samsung Exynos 4412 quad core processor. The launch of this variant comes as the rumor mill is abuzz with reports of Samsung launching a Snapdragon 800 variant of the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. Samsung is reportedly in a fix over the Note 3, mostly with regards to the screen size. But as far as the SoC is concerned, we can expect Samsung to pack the newly launched Exynos 5420 for global variants and the Snapdragon 800 for the American variants.

Via: GSM Arena

Xperia C coming to China as a budget-end dual-SIM alternative to Xperia Z

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Sony has revealed the Xperia C will be coming to China Unicom first and it seems to be a budget-end alternative to the Xperia Z, Sony’s current flagship Android product.

The Xperia C sports a 540×960 display, a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage with a microSD slot for further expansion, an 8MP Exmor sensor found on the Xperia Z and dual-SIM capabilities.

SEE ALSO: Sony Xperia Honami pops up in more photos and has release date

Sony has said the budget-end Xperia C will be coming to other markets in time, but for now it is sticking in China, where it is likely to pick up ground with the cheap price and adoptive features.

Via: Phone Arena

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Xiaomi Eyes Global Market – Targets to Ship 15 Million Smartphones in 2013

If you are abreast with major developments in the telecommunications industry, you may have heard of a Chinese company called Xiaomi, one that made a high end smartphone last year that could only be ranked among the top high end superphones in the market.  But if you have not heard of Xiaomi, or their Mi2 smartphone, that’s not your fault because the company has mainly been selling its devices within Asia and online.  Xiaomi has recorded big success in selling high end smartphones at prices much cheaper than what other manufacturers like Samsung, Apple, HTC, Sony and LG are selling theirs for.

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Xiaomi may be the biggest name when it comes to the smartphone market in East Asia and specifically China.  Although the company is just 3 years old, it sold in excess of 7 million smartphone units in 2012 without an Ad budget and with no retail sales.  This is a company that aims to prove to the world that not all electronic gadgets coming out of China are knock-offs or poor quality and it is eyeing the global market in the year 2013.  At the moment, Xiaomi is one of the most successful phone manufacturers in China competing against some of the oldest names in the industry including Ainol, Lenovo, Huawei and ZTE.

Bin Lin, the founder and CEO of Xiaomi, explained that his company has rapidly grown since it sold its very first device in 2011 and he attributed this success to the company’s transparency policy.  He says that Xiaomi tells its users everything regarding their gadgets – the processor, display and the LG batteries they use.  Xiaomi sold its first smartphone in August 2011 and introduced the second a year later in August 2012.  Although the company does not spend any cash on advertising, its smartphones often sell out within minutes of launch.

Xiaomi sold over 7 million handsets in 2012 that made it revenue of over $2 billion.  The company has a queer marketing and pricing structure where it charges buyers only the cost of the components hence the reason their smartphones go for even less than $400 each.  The company has decided to put focus on selling services and accessories of their popular smartphones and keep the costs low rather than make profit on the hardware.

Although Lin did not point out what the company strategy on conquering the world market is, it is likely that it has its eyes on the European and US markets.  This means that it may not be long before we see high end Xiaomi smartphones sold unlocked for the price of a mid-range smartphone in our shops.

Source: Engadget

Huawei To Launch Quad-Core Budget Smartphone Ascend G520 On January 21st

Huawei has a new quad-core smartphone called the Ascend G520 to expand its lineup. GizChina reports that the smartphone costs 1,399 Chinese yuan or US$225.

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For this price, you will get a 4.5-inch display. According to GizChina, it is still unknown whether this will have a 720p resolution or lower. Meanwhile, the device will  quad-core Mediatek MT6589 processor running at 1.2GHz inside. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is its operating system. There is also a very small amount of RAM—only 512MB—and possibly 1GB of internal storage, judging from the smartphone’s expected price. At this point, it is still unknown whether there would be an option for memory expansion through a microSD card slot. Its battery capacity, likewise, has not been revealed.

Adding to the list of specifications is a rear-facing camera with a 5-megapixel image sensor plus a front-facing VGA camera.

Huawei will launch the Ascend G520 on January 21st on China Mobile to coincide with the celebration of Chinese New Year.

The bad news is the smartphone may not be released in the United States or Europe. In the past, Huawei has kept smartphones that run on a MediaTek processor in a few selected markets like Russia, and of course, its home country, China.

That said, those interested in Huawei products in the United States may choose from the Ascend Mate and the Ascend D2, two high-end handsets which the China-based electronics company showcased during CES 2013 last week. The Huawei Ascend Mate, it would be recalled, comes with a 6.1-inch HD IPS+ LCD touchscreen protected by Corning Gorilla glass and a 1.5 GHz Hi-Silicon quad-core processor under the hood. On the other hand, the Ascend D2 offers a 5-inch Super Retina fast response IPS display, also with Cornilla Gorilla Glass protection, and a 1.5 GHz quad-core Hi-Silicon K3V2 + Balong V7R1 processor.

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ZTE Readies 5-Inch U935 Phablet

ZTE has been quite busy of late announcing and releasing one device after another. Towards the end of last month, it launched its flagship smartphone, the Nubia Z5. A little later, the P945 was revealed in a leak published on Twitter. Now, the latest reports suggest that the China-based company is expanding its product lineup with yet another smartphone called the U935.

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Like the Nubia Z5, the U935 features a capacitive touch screen display measuring 5 inches diagonally. This display has a 1080p Full High Definition resolution. By comparison, the P945 is packed with a larger display spanning 5.7 inches diagonally, but it only has a 720p resolution, unlike the Nubia Z5, which boasts of a 1080p resolution.

Going back to the U935, the device also offers a quad-core processor by MediaTek MT6589 running at the speed of 1.2GHz. There is also 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage on the device. ZTE has included a microSD card slot, to allow for memory expansion for up to 32GB more.

Furthermore, the handset carries support for the TD-SCDMA network. Its operating system is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Adding to the list of specifications is an 8-megapixel rear camera that is complemented by a 2-megapixel front camera for video chat.

Information regarding its battery, available ports, and color options are still unavailable at present.

In China, the smartphone has already gotten certification from the country’s electronics regulating agency, which means it may now be sold in the country. Images of the smartphone show that it bears the China Mobile 3G logo at its rear, indicating that it will be available on the world’s largest mobile operator.

The ZTE U935 is expected to be sold for the price of 1500 yuan, or around US $240 or €180.

What do you think of the new smartphones that ZTE has been releasing lately?

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China Unicom To Offer iPhone 5

Chinese consumers who want to purchase the iPhone 5 may get it from China Unicom by the end of the year. In an interview with the tech website, Sohu IT, China Unicom revealed that the phone is scheduled to be launch sometime within the next three month. The exact date, however, is still unknown.

China Unicom is one of the two carriers in China which have verified that they will be offering the iPhone 5. The other is China Telecom, which is also expected to release the device at roughly the same time frame.

China Unicom has been an Apple partner since 2009, when it first sold the iPhone. It used to offer the device exclusively until China Telecom started to offer its first iPhone, the iPhone 4S, last March. At present, China Unicom is the world’s second largest carrier with 60 million subscribers on 3G. Its competitor, China Mobile, meanwhile has 67 million 3G customers.

Meanwhile, there has been no official confirmation that it will be carried by China Mobile, which, with 688 million subscribers, is currently the largest cellular service provided in the world. Apple Inc. has reportedly been attempting to entice such carrier to offer the device. Recently, there have been rumors that it will sell the iPhone 5, but this remains to be confirmed.

Apple unveiled the latest member of the iPhone family on September 12. The Cupertino company is reportedly planning to have the phone available to a hundred countries by the end of the year. Some of these will be getting the device on the earlier date of September 21, while others on September 28. China, however, is not present in both lists, so the iPhone could be launching in said country still on a later date. In the meantime, consumers in the United States and in selected European countries have started pre-ordering the device.

The iPhone 5 is marketed as “the world’s thinnest, lightest, fastest iPhone.” It boasts of a 4-inch Retina display with a resolution of 1136 X 640 pixels, an A6 chip, 4G LTE connectivity, a weight of 3.95 ounces, and an 8-megapixel iSight camera, among others.

via thenextweb

China Mobile To Offer Cloud Storage Service

China Mobile is reportedly working on its own cloud storage service called Mcloud, which it will be opening not only to Chinese users but also to those outside of the country.

 

The service is described by China Mobile as a “digital information bank.” In an interview with China Daily, China Mobile Shen Hongqun spoke about Mcloud, saying “In the past, people deposited valuables in banks. Now, as we enter a digital life era, we have new demands to keep our information safe, such as messages, files and photos.”

At present, Mcloud is in the testing stage, but it is scheduled to be released before 2012 ends. Essentially, Mcloud will enable users to manage their files, which the service separates into nine categories such as audio, video, location, and calendars.

Mcloud’s main selling point that will differentiate it from other similar products is the 16GB of storage capacity that it offers. By comparison, Apple only offers only 5GB of free storage, or three times less than China Mobile’s offer.

Mcloud is furthermore expected to be available for users of the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone platforms, as well as on both PCs and Macs, allowing users to work seamlessly across the different devices that they own.

However, it is likely that some users will have reservations about uploading their files to China Mobile since Chinese companies, in general, are distrusted by some electronics users, particularly those from the United States.

That said, Apple and the other companies offering similar services will feel some impact from this new offering, especially since China Mobile has more than 650 million subscribers. China Mobile is currently the largest mobile operator in the world in terms of the number of subscribers.

It may also be recalled that Apple and China Mobile are not exactly on good terms since the Cupertino company had been unable to create an iPhone for 3G standard TD-SCDMA.

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HTC Introduces Three New Android Phones In China, What Was That About Quantity?

HTC made a big announcement earlier this year that they were going for quality over quantity in the amount of smartphones they were introducing this year. At Mobile World Congress while other manufacturers like ZTE were introducing multitudes of new devices HTC wowed us with just three devices under the “One” branding.

We’ve already heard about a new lower level Android handset that will be releasing soon. Today we also hear that HTC has announced three new Desire branded devices for China.

The three new Android handsets will feature the latest version of Android, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. They will be on three different carriers and carry the names HTC VT T328i, HTC VC T328d and the HTC VT 328w.

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