Remember the piece we wrote about an Android-based phone that Baidu and Foxconn are working on together? You don’t have to wonder anymore how the phone would look like, since the Chinese giant has just made an official announcement about it. Dubbed the Changhong H5018, it seems the main selling point of Baidu's new phone will be its 899 RMB pricing.
For the equivalent of the $140 you'll have to shell out for the Changhong H5018, you’ll get a 3.5-inch phone with 480 x 320 resolution that runs on Baidu's Cloud Smart Terminal platform. This means it’s essentially an Android phone of Gingerbread flavor, with all of the Google apps wiped off. You’ll be using Baidu’s cloud-based apps, apps, features and services instead. The phone is also equipped with an integrated voice recognition search and handwriting input.
To sweeten the pot, Baidu said that customers who purchase the phone will get a free 300GB personal storage on Baidu Netdrive.
As for more details about the phone’s hardware, it is powered by a 650MHz MTK6573 processor, and boasts 3G connectivity, a 3MP rear camera, a microSD card slot, and an embedded 1,400mAh battery. Of course, no smartphone that is catered towards the Chinese market is complete without a dual-SIM slot, which the Changhong H5018 does come with.
The Changhong H5018 will be available to purchase on China Unicom very soon, though Baidu hasn’t specified the exact date. With a relatively attractive casing and a very affordable price point, Baidu’s second attempt in the local smartphone market will likely be more successful than the company’s first outing.
Do you think the Changhong H5018 resembles a certain Nokia offering? Since it'd be rather impossible to see the phone being released outside China, are you at all interested in importing one?