Chinese search engine Baidu today unveiled the Changhong H5018, a new smartphone powered by the company's own Baidu platform, Cloud Smart.
The handset, manufactured by Foxconn and released in cooperation with China Unicom, will sell for less than RMB 1000 ($158 and will be available for purchase through designated channels in China in the very near future.
The phone will be the first mobile device to run on Baidu's Cloud Smart terminal platform and will come with 100GB of cloud storage through Baidu Netdrive, the local equivalent of Dropbox and Google Drive.
The release of this Baidu Cloud-powered phone is expected to bring personalized smart Cloud services to the mass market. As a critical piece of Baidu's overall Cloud strategy, the Baidu Cloud Smart Terminal platform fully integrates the core technologies of Baidu Cloud Computing, including Baidu's Cloud-based applications, its Personal Cloud Storage service, and its multi-terminal, multi-application software platform capabilities.
The Baidu Cloud Smart Terminal platform includes intelligent search, secure and dependable Cloud services, and specialized Baidu applications as well as personalized location-based services. Baidu has integrated traditional search with voice recognition search and handwriting input, allowing users from all walks of life to enjoy a Cloud-based search experience that lets them simply speak to search.
In addition, the handset will include Baidu Music, Baidu Map, Baidu Mobile IME (input method editor) and other mainstream applications. It will also include the Baidu Cloud Store, with access applications. Additionally, the Baidu Cloud Smart Terminal platform provides mobile data monitoring, pre-pay credit recharge, and other services.
In terms of hardware, the Changhong H5018 comes in a range of colors, it features a 3.5" touch screen and 3G connectivity. The phone also boasts a 3 megapixel camera, a 1400mAh battery capacity, and many other standard features.
Besides Dell and Changhong, many other mainstream mobile brands are also in talks with Baidu and plan to release smartphones utilizing Baidu?s Cloud technology at various price points.