More Android-based smartphones besides the T-Mobile G1 are finally starting to emerge, with the Kogan Agora set for a debut in Australia soon and new reports suggesting that Lenovo is also preparing to launch a so-called “OPhone” based on Google’s platform for China Mobile’s network.
The site ModmyGphone
is showing off a leaked photo of the device, which resembles the iPhone with a large touch screen and just a few buttons calling, answering and stepping through menus. While no specific details have been made available as of yet, the device is likely to be a strictly domestic product, given that it should run on China Mobile’s own proprietary TD-SCDMA 3G network.
With Apple and China Mobile’s inability to come to terms over the iPhone, the OPhone represents a major opportunity for Lenovo and Android to seize the world’s largest cell phone market.