Nokia and China Unicom jointly launched the Nokia Lumia 520 in Hangzhou , China yesterday.
Nokia’s cheapest WP8 Lumia yet will be selling for 1,298 Yuan ($206) and will be compatible with China Unicom’s new 3.5 G network, which offers download speeds of up to 21 MB/sec.
”With the fastest 3G network in China, we will expand business and market share through more cooperation with overseas brands, like Nokia,” said Zhou Youmeng, China Unicom’s marketing director.
China Unicom, China’s second largest network, expects to boost its 3G phone sales to 90 million this year, a 50% increase as it rolls out its faster network to more than 330 cities now.
The company will support the network with the release of a number of 3.5 G handsets, including the Nokia Lumia 720, which should also hit the carrier for around 2499 Yuan.
Both the Nokia 520 and 720, in their TD-SCDMA 520T and 720T variants, are also heading to China Mobile, China’s largest carrier, where they will retail for around the same price.
Nokia’s Chinese range can be seen here.