China Unicom to Sell Its Own Smartphone
China Unicom, the nation’s only mobile operator offering Apple’s iPhone, will sell new smartphone called UPhone by the end of this year. Being developed with Okwap, Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp, the phone will run on a new operating system based on Linux, according to Zhang Zhijiang, the company’s exec in an interview at the Mobile Asia Congress in Hong Kong.
Zhang explained, “U” means Unicom. “We just wanted to compare with the iPhone and LePhone.”But since the company didn’t share the specs’ details, “make the UPhone sound more like a low-end smartphone rather than a product comparable with the iPhone,” said Paul Wuh, a Hong Kong-based analyst.