Baidu is the biggest search engine back in China thanks to Google misery in this part of the world. We know that Google has been into smartphone of recently and following the same trend is the Baidu coming out with their first smartphone and truly it rocks with one or the other features. Let’s have a walk through the Baidu’s first smartphone named Changhong H5018.
Baidu Changhong H5018 Smart Phone
Changhong H5018 is truly a Cloud phone which is the latest sensation hitting various smartphone like HTC One X coming out with 50 GB of Dropbox cloud storage. This comes with even more, i.e., 300 GB of the cloud storage by Baidu called Baidu Cloud OS with each device even though it has the low end specifications. This smartphone comes with 3.5 inches display screen providing 320 x 480 pixel resolution and the 650 Mhz processor clearly states that the phone is an entry level smartphone. But if someone goes with the looks, they would be definitely interested to purchase this smartphone and can’t guess that it comes with introductory specifications in the Android line. The device thickness is 10.3 mm, it’s not the thinnest phone but this device on anyone’s hands looks like Nokia N9 smartphone. Other features of this smartphone includes the 3.5 mm head phone jack, micro Sd card supporting up to 32 GB of storage, Wi Fi internet access, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio and 1400 mAh battery.
Interestingly this smartphone comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and somehow Baidu uses a Google product but the question to ask whether there is Google Play access? We confirmed that this smartphone doesn’t come out with official Google Play Store access instead Baidu has set up its own marketplace for applications and music comprising of the country based applications and widgets.
Well Baidu is smartphone enough to remove the Google free services like Google Maps, Gmail and others and they have personalized this with their location based traditional search with voice recognition and hand writing which allows users to speak and search on your phone. Also you get 100 GB of free data on Baidu Net Drive and you can find other applications such as Baidu Music, Baidu Map, Baidu Mobile IME and other applications.
Baidu has priced Changhong H5018 at 800 yuan i.e., $ 142 off contract and this comes with support to any WCDMA or GSM SIM cards. As an international consumer I would advise not to go with this smartphone as you can’t enjoy the full features but for the China residents, yes they can definitely purchase this. This smartphone would be soon available at China Unicom.