China Mobile will be expanding the number of 4G smartphones available to consumers as 4G/LTE technology becomes more and more widespread, the South China Morning Post reports.
According to anonymous analysts cited by the report, an increasing number of China’s major smartphone brands are already beginning to step up “their supply of cheaper smartphones to help the operator sign up more 4G subscribers nationwide.” These include big names such as Lenovo, ZTE, Coolpad, and Huawei, which was recently revealed by Strategy Analytics to have the strongest domestic shipments.
China Mobile will reportedly aim to ship as many as 100 million smartphone devices by the end of 2014. Among these, a good majority are expected be models that cost less than $1000 CYN to purchase, or roughly 170 USD, according to the Morning Post.
The chip manufacturers that China Mobile is hoping will help facilitate the production of low cost 4G handsets include Qualcomm, MediaTek, HiSilicon, Marvell Technology, Spreadtrum Communications, LeadCore Technology, Intel, and Broadcom.
The telecom provider itself will be facilitating the country’s 4G adoption through the continued building of its TD-LTE base stations, the Morning Post says.