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Sony Ericsson Developing 4G Smartphone for China Mobile

07 июля 2011

Sony Ericsson plans to develop 4G smartphones for use on China Mobile's planned TD-LTE network, with the first phones going on sale in 2012.

"It will be beneficial to work closely with partners in China to develop (the TD-LTE handset), and then we will have the opportunity to export it to other markets," said Nordberg in an interview with China Daily in Beijing.

The TD-LTE based smartphones are likely to be developed in a new R&D center in Beijing, according to Magnus Ahlqvist, president of Sony Ericsson China. The Beijing center will have almost 2,000 staff, second only to the R&D center in Sweden.

"The Chinese market plays a critical role for Sony Ericsson," said Nordberg, as more than 95 percent of handsets that the company sold last year were made in China.

"China has the world's biggest mobile phone user population of 900 million, but the number of smartphone users is still small," Nordberg said. In the past two years, the country experienced a rapid increase in 3G and smartphone users.

As Sony Ericsson wants to become the world's top supplier of Android-based mobile phones, the company must be the leader in China to achieve its goal, Nordberg added.

Источник: Cellular news

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