We’ve been keeping our eye on the progress Windows Phone has been making towards a launch in China. With language support in place, we’ve been waiting for news of the operating system’s official Chinese debut. Nokia has helped provide our most recent estimate of when just such an event may occur, announcing its intent to bring its Windows Phone hardware to the Chinese market sometime in the first half of the year. We still don’t have a better guess at the date, but advertisements show Chinese retailers already accepting pre-orders for Windows Phone handsets, suggesting their arrival could be sooner, rather than later.
The ad above comes from a Beijing newspaper. Sure enough, Nokia’s Windows Phone gear is highlighted, advertising the eventual arrival of the Lumia 800 and brand-new Lumia 900. We’ve also got an offering from HTC here, with the original Titan also available for pre-order.
Sadly, in addition to not revealing just when these phones will finally become available, this ad also doesn’t mention final prices. You can reserve one of these handsets for the equivalent of about $16, but there’s no word yet on how much more interested customers will owe when the hardware does arrive.