Aside from easily dominating the local mobile telecommunications décor, China Mobile is currently the most popular carrier in the world, having over 700 million subscribers (the world number two has less than 400 million and the Chinese runner-up just 160 mil).

china mobile China Mobile intros self branded smartphones: $80 4 incher and $210 LTE enabled 5 incher

To get a better idea of how big and important China Mobile is, let’s say they’ve been able to rake in those numbers while not carrying Apple’s iPhones. Not only that, but apparently Tim Cook has very recently paid China a visit, most likely to convince the world’s biggest network to finally open the door to Cupertino-made products.

No official word on whether or not that will happen anytime soon, but while you wait for updates to the story here’s a little something to keep you warm at nights – China Mobile has just unveiled its first duo of own-branded smartphones.

china mobile phone China Mobile intros self branded smartphones: $80 4 incher and $210 LTE enabled 5 incher

There’s nothing really spectacular about the two phones’ specs, but, if you add their prices in the equation, you’ll have a very hard time ignoring them. Starting from the bottom of the Android food chain, the M601 is set to cost RMB 499 ($81) and pack a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 4-inch screen, 3 MP rear camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Like I said, nothing groundbreaking here, but how much do you think a handheld like this would cost on the Western hemisphere? $150? $200? $225? Exactly.

china mobile m701 China Mobile intros self branded smartphones: $80 4 incher and $210 LTE enabled 5 incher

Meanwhile, the higher-end M701 is priced at RMB 1,299 ($212), being essentially the textbook definition of a large mid-ranger. You get a comfy 5-inch screen with this thing (no words on resolution yet), plus a zippy quad-core MTK6589 CPU, 8 MP rear snapper, 1.2 MP front cam and Android 4.2.

There’s also support for 4G LTE connectivity, but I’m afraid you’ll need to give China Mobile some time before being able to take advantage of the improved network speeds. For now, 3G will have to do, but at that price you can’t really complain, can you?

Via [The Next Web]