Nokia and China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless carrier, announced a new partnership under which the carrier will soon offer the Lumia 920T. The device is the first Windows Phone device in the country to support TD-SCDMA networks.
The news is bigger than it might seem at first – Nokia has struggled to regain its global market share and launching a premium device on China Mobile is big news. The carrier doesn’t yet offer the iPhone 5, for example.
“We are delighted to partner with China Mobile, the world’s largest operator, to introduce China’s first Lumia based on Windows Phone 8. People around the world are responding positively to the new Lumia devices, and we’re confident that the enthusiasm will extend to China with the Lumia 920T,” said Stephen Elop, President and CEO of Nokia.
The Lumia 920T features a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, China Mobile’s 3G network, NFC and more. It’s basically China’s version of the Lumia 920 on AT&T. The device will be available by the end of the year for about $738 without a contract.