On December 21, Huawei Device, the terminal subsidiary of Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei, and Shenzhen-based internet company Tencent (0700.HK) jointly announced the HiQQ - the first smartphone to be deeply integrated with Tencent's QQ service. The HiQQ features 19 Tencent-developed mobile applications, including clients for QQ Instant Messenger, Tencent's SNS QZone, QQ mobile browser, mobile games QQ Farm and Huanle Dou Dizhu ("Happy Fight the Landlord"), QQ Security Assistant, and Tencent Microblog. The HiQQ runs Android 2.1 and features a 600 MHz processor and a 3.2 inch capacitive touch screen running at HVGA (320x480) resolution. The phone will officially launch in the near future at a market price of about RMB 1,200. The first two models will be the U8500 and, slightly later, the C8500, designed respectively to run on China Unicom's (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) WCDMA and China Telecom's (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) CDMA2000 EV-DO networks.
Features of the HiQQ include:
1. The first Huawei phone to feature seamless integration between user contacts and HiQQ contacts. After users log into mobile QQ, they will be able to see their friends' QQ statuses directly in their phonebook, along with friends' personal information and QZone status updates, and to log into QQ to message friends with a single tap.
2. Intelligent image processing: Users can automatically convert, resize, and upload images on their phones to QZone and Tencent microblogs, or use them as their QQ avatars.
3. All Tencent applications on the HiQQ phone can be managed from a single location - the QQ Service application. Once users enter their login and password data in QQ Service, they will be automatically logged in through other Tencent applications.