Today Sony Ericsson announced the new A8i, the company’s first TD-SCDMA 3G device for China, and also its first OPhone 2.0 branded device for Chinese carrier China Mobile. The phone runs on China Mobile’s OMS 2.0 platform, which is based upon Android, and features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display with 854×480 pixel resolution.
The phone works on China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA 3G network, but also features quad-band GSM/EDGE support for world roaming capability. It measures 117.0 x 59.0 x 14.0mm in size, weighs 136g, and features a microSD memory card slot. Its battery is rated for up to 7.5 hours of 3G talk time or up to 10.8 days of standby time. Sony Ericsson says that the phone can also be used for up to 2 hours and 40 minutes of video calling.
The phone supports CMMB mobile TV, WLAN network connectivity, TrackID music identification, and a curved form factor that falls in line with Sony Ericsson’s other recent devices, like the Xperia X10. It also features a built-in 5 megapixel AF camera with LED flash, an FM radio, Bluetooth stereo support, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. As is common for Chinese smartphones, the A8i also supports handwriting recognition.
It will be available in white and black versions, which you can see in the gallery that is available after the jump.