Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant, released a Google Android equipped smartphone called the Idoes, a move that signals China’s first foray into the global smartphone market.
The Ideos goes on sale in China next week, but Huawei, which is already one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, plans to market the phone in Europe, Latin America, and—yes—North America too.
Though this is not the countries first smartphone, it is the first smartphone that will be marketed globally.
And if any of the Chinese companies are currently suited to do it, it’s Huawei. The company has made its fortune as one of the world’s largest telecom equipment suppliers, and it is known as the most technologically advanced companies in China.
Huawei teamed up with Google to create the Ideos, which has a body and shiny screen similar to the iPhone, but boasts a Google logo on the back.
According to the New York Times, the company has spoken with several network providers worldwide, and several companies are interested.
The phone will be marketed as an entry-level smartphone and will cost somewhere between $100 and $200.
Huawei is the same company that riled congress members when it tried to broker equipment supplier contracts with American telecom companies earlier this month. The company is privately owned but has reportedly received funding and support from the Chinese government.
Despite this and the controversy between Google and Chinese-government censorship, the two companies remained undeterred.
Americans should expect to see the Lenovo, which will be offered in several color choices, sometime before the year’s end.