Recently, we have been hearing a lot rumors from many Chinese sources that various smartphones are going to launch in China pretty soon, including these three handsets — Samsung Galaxy S III, the quad-core Meizu MX and Nokia Lumia 900. So, here is a wrap up of what we heard so far.
Last month, the Lumia 900 has already granted GSM and WCDMA network license from MIIT. And recently, the State Radio Regulation Committee (SRRC) also approved the device, hinting it could go on sale as soon as June in China. Rumors suggested the device without-contract would be at least 4,000 yuan ($645) since Lumia 900 is a higher-end product than the 3,599 yuan Lumia 800 (without contract). Moreover, the Lumia 900 is quite expensive when comparing it to those sold in North America at $449.99 USD.
The quad-core version Meizu MX has been announced for a while. Basically it doesn’t have much difference with the dual-core version. The company has accepted pre-orders and it’s allegedly to hit the market in June for 2,999 yuan ($483.7) and 3,999 yuan ($645) with
16GB and 32GB 32GB and 64GB capacity respectively. In addition, Meizu MX has been labelled as the “cheapest quad-core phone” yet.
Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S III is one of the highly anticipated smartphones this year, and it is set to launch in Europe at the end of this month, then probably coming to China in June. The Galaxy S III will definitely be available through China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. At the moment, we only know that the CDMA-version will be slightly difference among the others, which would present a logo of China Telecom’s e-Surfing 3G network at the back of the device (picture shown below). Reportedly, the Galaxy S III will be selling at 5,610 yuan (550 pounds). If that’s the case, then the price is likely to be higher in China.
Update: Galaxy S III has officially announced in Taiwan, the 16GB version will be released at the start of June with a price tag of 4,180 yuan (NT$20,900), while the 32GB version to arrive a month later that to be priced at 4,580 yuan (NT$22,900). The quad-core device will go on sale through four local wireless providers — Taiwan Mobile, Vibo Telecom, Chunghwa Telecom and Far EasTone.
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