China Mobile were once in negotiations with Apple over the possibility of an iPhone launch using their mobile network. However, China Mobile were unwilling to share any of the profit and negotiations fell apart because, let’s face it, both companies are pretty stubborn regarding profit sharing issues.

However, there appears to be a slither of light at the end of the tunnel for China Mobile in the form of Android. Whispers on the wind from the Far East tell tales of how Lenovo will be producing the ‘OPhone’, a sleek Android based touch screen affair with some dedicated touch sensitive buttons at the base of the device’s front screen. Little more is known about the functionality and specification of the phone. Some reports are speculating a USB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and even specifying a 3.5-inch touch-screen. In truth, none of these details have been confirmed, but we can hope, right?

This works out very well for China Mobile because they really needed an OS of their own, which would potentially allow them to even manufacture their own phones in the long run. Android is perfect for this, but if things go well with the ‘OPhone’ perhaps Lenovo will be around for a while too. Judging from the image, people probably won’t be complaining if they can pop out stylish devices such as this one on a regular basis.

[via ModMyGphone]

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.