Baidu, China’s most popular search engine, is reportedly getting ready to introduce its own cheap smartphone.
According to China Times, the upcoming device will be manufactured by Taiwan-based Foxconn (best known for making Apple’s iPhone and iPad). The new device – currently unnamed – will run Baidu’s own OS, called Baidu Yi, and based on Google’s Android. The handset should feature a 3.5 inch display, lots of Baidu services (including cloud storage), a high-megapixel rear camera, and a 1,400 mAh battery.
Chinese customers can already get a smartphone that runs Baidu Yi: the Baidu-branded Dell Streak Pro D43 (pictured above), introduced in China not long ago. While this costs 2,999 CNY ($475), the new Foxconn-made Baidu handset will be priced at about 1,000 CNY ($158). This way, Baidu hopes to attract a large number of first-time smartphone buyers.
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