Samsung Electronics will announce later this year a dual-mode mobile phone that can be used with China's 3G standard, TD-SCDMA (Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access), and existing GSM networks.
Samsung engineers showed off the circuit board to be used in the TD-SCDMA/GSM handset at an event in Beijing hosted by T3G Technology, a joint-venture chip design company owned by Datang Mobile Communications Equipment, Philips Electronics and Samsung.
The T3G event in Beijing was held to mark the successful production and testing of the company's modem chip for TD-SCDMA/GSM phones.
T3G was set up by the three partners in January 2003 to design dual-mode TD-SCDMA/GSM chipsets that will be used by Samsung and other handset makers, according to the company.
The dual-mode capability is intended to speed up adoption of future 3G services based on TD-SCDMA by offering users the ability to make calls or send data over existing cellular networks, it said.
The Samsung dual-mode handset will be launched later this year and will support TD-SCDMA, GSM and GPRS networks, T3G said. The company did not provide further details of the handset.
Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service