Taiwanese chipset vendor MediaTek has reportedly developed the first LTE TDD handset for use on China Mobile’s network. It is preparing to trial the device in China soon, said MediaTek spokeswoman Sharon Lo on Monday.
MediaTek claims it to be the first LTE TDD phone. But because China’s 4G networks are still undergoing trials, the device has yet to enter mass production. MediaTek joined the Open Handset Alliance last year.
Mobile carriers such as China Mobile, India’s Bharti Airtel and Vodafone and USA’s Clearwire have all backed LTE TDD. The Global TD-LTE Initiative, has the aim of faster development of low cost LTE TDD mobile phones. Qualcomm’s relationship with China Mobile, the world’s biggest telecom carrier with more than 600 million subscribers, was relatively weak in the past, but the company’s latest chips, such as dual-core MSM 8960, support various international telecommunication standards, including TD-LTE technology.
Production of TD-LTE enabled handsets may not begin until late in 2012, according to Digitimes. Qualcomm and ST-Ericsson plan to build chipsets that support the two major LTE variants, but volume production of their baseband chipsets won’t begin until the first half of 2012.
Nokia plans on launching a Windows Phone 7 handset through China Mobile to fend off competition from Android devices and Apple’s iPhone. The smartphones would operate on China Mobile’s 3G network using the TD-SCDMA standard, said Nokia executive vice president Colin Giles. No word on any 4G TD-LTE handset from Nokia (yet). China Mobile is rumored to sell the iPhone 4 at the end of October.
Huawei’s B8200, the world’s first WiMAX/HSPA dual-mode handset, is able to support multiple bands, such as UMTS 900/2100MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800MHz, as well as WiMAX 2.5GHz access.
Huawei Vision has an aluminum alloy uni-body in rose gold, silver or charcoal, and a curve touch design. It supports 720P video recording and features a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with LED flash. With Bluetooth V2.1 with A2DP, high-speed WiFi 802.11b/g/n internet connectivity.
After India’s Reliance Industries jumped ship, state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) a stanch WiMAX supporter, also plans to launch LTE-based services. “We will have to continue offering broadband services through WiMax in rural areas because of various government schemes. But LTE-based services are being looked at for urban areas,” their chairman told Business Standard.
Samsung’s Celox has an interesting variation on the Galaxy S-II. The Android 2.3 phone has a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 800×480 screen resolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 chipset — and runs on TD-LTE in the 2.6 GHz band.
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