It’s another mobile first inside the world’s most populous country. On Wednesday, China Telecom and Nokia formally introduced the Nokia 800C, the first CDMA Windows Phone in China and Nokia’s first Lumia phone for the world’s largest smartphone market.
The Nokia 800C combines head-turning design and the fastest way to connect to the people, places and things that matter most, in an experience uniquely tailored for people in China on the country’s leading 3G network.
“We’re excited to introduce our first Lumia smartphone, the Nokia 800C, to this important market with our exclusive launch partner, China Telecom,” said Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia. “Working closely together, we’ve created a compelling, locally relevant experience on the Nokia 800C especially tailored for people in China.”
Wang Xiaochu, Chairman of China Telecom, sounded equally excited about the launch: “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.”
With no shortage of new smartphone offerings pelting Chinese consumers, it’s no surprise that Apple CEO Tim Cook was in China just this week looking to strike deals with Chinese operators in hopes of bringing the iPhone to more subscribers before other leading smartphones nab their business.