We reported yesterday that Chinese search engine plans to launch smartphone as well as its own Cloud operating system, the company has announced details of its yet-to-launch new smartphone and the cloud-centric operating system that will power it. The Foxconn-built Changhong H5018 will be the first device powered by Baidu’s ‘Cloud Smart Terminal’ platform, and the company has heralded the phone as marking ”the arrival of a new era” of sub $150 (1,000 RMB) devices in China.
The H5018 supports 3G, and sports a 3.5-inch touch screen and 3 megapixel camera. Baidu stresses that it will provide a quality mobile Web and personal entertainment experience, and the mobile Web experience is clearly a massive focus for the initiative. Every H5018 phone owner will be given a generous 100 GB of storage on Baidu’s Netdrive, a beta service known locally as Wangpan. There are no details regarding the launch date although it is expected that phone will be released in the very near future.