China Mobile boasts almost 570 million customers, making them one of the world’s largest telecommunications service providers – which is why it is smart for cell phone manufacturers to make a bee line for that market. Sony Ericsson does not want to miss out on the party though, having sent their A8i smartphone to the FCC and making sure they pass all the hoops the handset had to jump through and over. Boasting a similar button layout and form factor as the Sony Ericsson X10, it will not run on the Android operating system instead, but will rely on China Mobile’s Open Mobile System 2.0 (OMS 2.0). Running on the TD-SCDMA network, we do know the Sony Ericsson A8i will come with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display and CMMB mobile TV functionality. No idea on how much it will cost when released though. Good thing it doesn’t run on Android, as you might just get stuck with Android 1.6.
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