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Rumor: China Unicom, Nokia to Launch Symbian 3G Handset

Netease Tech, 2/15/11

An industry source claimed recently that following China Unicom's (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) partnership to introduce the Nokia C7 3G handset to China, the operator is preparing to bring over another flagship handset, the Nokia E7, which it also plans to subsidize. It will be the second high-end Nokia WCDMA handset launched by Unicom.

Although Microsoft and Nokia recently announced that the handset maker would use the Windows Phone operating system as its primary smartphone platform, Nokia has not yet abandoned sales of Symbian-based phones. For the immediate future, China will still be one of Nokia's key markets for its Symbian phones. A source at China Unicom's terminal sales division said that Unicom remains confident in the potential of Nokia handsets to draw in subscribers.

The Nokia E7 runs the Symbian 3 operating system and sports a 4" display, an 8 MP camera, and 16 GB of storage, as well as 720P HD video recording and HDMI video out capabilities.

Keywords: China Unicom handset smartphone Symbian wireless Nokia 3G Microsoft WCDMA 0762.HK 600050.SH CHU handset model Nokia E7

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