China Mobile unveils 4G LTE TDD phones

China Mobile is expected to launch its 4G networks near the end of this year

China Mobile has unveiled four smartphones built to run on its upcoming 4G LTE TDD network, with the handsets coming from foreign brands including HTC and LG, and Chinese handset makers Huawei and ZTE.

On Tuesday, China Mobile unveiled the handsets at a LTE summit during the Mobile World Congress, according to the company website. The carrier, has over 700 million customers in China, and has been preparing for the eventual launch of the country's 4G services, which is expected at the end of this year.

China Mobile has in the meantime been building up industry support for LTE TDD (Long-Term Evolution Time-Division Duplex ), a 4G LTE technology that can offer peak speeds of up to 100Mbps. Currently, most carriers across the world are using another LTE variant, known as LTE-FDD (Frequency-Division Duplex), to build their 4G networks.

The four phones unveiled on Tuesday can not only use LTE TDD networks, but also LTE FDD, besides China Mobile's 3G and GSM networks. The handsets were described as high-end models, built with 4.7-inch HD screens, and also ran on processors featuring multiple cores.

China's 4G networks are still undergoing trials across the country, and authorities have suggested the 4G commercial licenses for LTE TDD networks will be granted at the end of this year.

South Korean handset maker LG is gearing up for the launch and said in a statement it will roll out its LTE TDD phones for China in the second half of 2013.

For China Mobile, the arrival of 4G marks an important opportunity to regain an equal footing with its rivals in the nation, given the carrier's past struggles with launching its 3G network in 2009, said Teck Zhung Wong, an analyst with IDC.

Initially, the company struggled to introduce strong smartphone offerings for its 3G networks, because they used a homegrown technology called TD-SCDMA (Time Division Synchronous CDMA), which is not widely adopted outside the country. Although the country's government backed the TD-SCDMA technology, China Mobile was slow to get handset makers to build smartphones for the standard, according to analysts.

"This is a big opportunity for them, to kind of shed a little bit the TD-SCDMA shackles," Wong said. "This time they are making sure that the entire supply chain, from chip vendors to handset makers, are all on board. So that the lack of handset terminals won't hold back the progress."

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags 4gtelecommunicationconsumer electronicsCarriersregulationchina mobilesmartphonesgovernmentMWC

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Michael Kan

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?