Just as rumored and teased earlier this week, yesterday Dell unveiled the world’s first Baidu Yi-powered smartphone dubbed Streak Pro D43. We won’t bore you with the hardware details again (the D43′s identical to its Japanese Android counterpart 101DL), but it’s worth noting that this quadband HSPA phone focuses on features and services tailored for Chinese users, including some seemingly basic Mandarin voice control (no pressure on Siri just yet), contacts synchronization, Baidu Chinese input, Yi’s own app store and 100GB of free cloud storage that supports multimedia upload and secure file sharing. Essentially, the Yi platform’s basically just another Chinese bastardized Android OS sans Google services — much like Alibaba’s Aliyun, China Mobile’s Ophone and Lenovo’s LeOS; but if you already reside in China and are cool with Baidu’s offering, then get a Micro SIM ready and look out for a China Unicom deal soon.
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