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Tianyu, Tencent to Launch Mid-range QQ Handset

Tencent Tech, 9/08/11

Rong Xiuli, chairwoman of Tianyu Communication Equipment, said in a recent interview with TechWeb that the Beijing-based handset maker would partner with Tencent (0700.HK) to launch a handset pre-loaded with a suite of QQ mobile applications in early October. The new handset will feature a 4.3" display and retail for RMB 2,980. Tencent and Tianyu have yet to settle on a profit sharing agreement.

The handset will feature "QQ Service," a mobile solution integrating Tencent's mobile QQ client, a mobile browser, QZone mobile SNS client, Tencent mobile microblogging client, and other applications.

Chinese telecom equipment and terminal manufacturer Huawei previously released the Huawei HiQQ and C8500 handsets, both pre-loaded with QQ Service. This June, China Telecom (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) and Tencent partnered to announce six "E-Surfing QQ Smartphones." The previous handsets, however, were all priced at or below RMB 1,000, and were targeted at students.

Keywords: pre-installed mid-range pricing Rong Xiuli handset wireless Tencent Mobile QQ mobile browser mobile SNS Tianyu 0700.HK handset vendor smartphone mobile application enterprise-branded handset

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