Baidu is finally getting ready to launch its first smartphone, after no less than two years of rumors on the matter. The tentatively called Baidu Cloud Phone (although its official name may differ) is set to be unveiled on December 21, at 12:21, through a ‘grand’ online conference. That’s also when we’re supposed to find out how much it will cost and when exactly it will be in stores.
Baidu’s first offering in the smartphone space will apparently be a “100% Internet phone”, as opposed to its competitors which are, we assume, less than 100% Internet phones. Or something like that.
The Cloud Phone is supposedly ‘very different’ from ‘traditional’ Internet phones. It came together after tight cooperation between Baidu itself, China Telecom (the carrier on which it will launch), the yet unknown hardware manufacturer, and a third party software development company.
The handset will run Baidu’s own mobile operating system, based heavily on Android. It will come with a 4.5-inch touchscreen (the resolution is rumored to be 540×960) and a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. On the front will be China Telecom’s Tianyi logo, and on the back will sit the Baidu Cloud logo. The phone will come in three colors: black, white, and red.
Baidu is saying that the Cloud Phone will be affordable. And with such midrange specs for this day and age, it definitely should be, if it wants to be successful.
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