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HTC Triumph Windows Phone Hits The Shelves In China

Earlier this month, we reported that the HTC Triumph would be the very first Windows Phone device to go on sale in China. And, following its stint of being available for pre-order, it has now actually gone on sale, fully validating its status as the first Windows Phone to enter the Chinese market. With the Triumph, HTC has beat Nokia, LG, and ZTE to being first in the area, who all expressed interest in releasing Windows Phones in China.

Before I proceed, let me just clear up some of the confusion around the Eternity/Triumph branding. Eternity is an English codename for the device, while Triumph is a rough translation of what the device is called in Chinese. The official Chinese name for the device is HTC凯 旋X310e.

Moving on. As a rebranded Titan, the HTC Triumph has the same guts and chassis as its Western counterpart: A 4.7″ capacitive touchscreen, an 8MP LED flash camera, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and compass sensors, a 1.5GHz Scorpion processor, and an Adreno 205 GPU.

On the software front, the phone is launching running a special version of Windows Phone 7.5 “Tango” that’s optimized for the Chinese market with specific Chinese apps — for example, the social networking integration has been re-gutted to utilize Chinese social networking solutions — and the Chinese language itself, which does look quite nice and clean on the Metro UI.

It’s quite a big day for the platform; with a rapidly-growing economy, China has quickly become a ripe emerging market with plenty of consumers who may be interested in both low and high end mobile phone offerings. We reported earlier that China has overtaken the US as the world’s largest market for iOS and Android activations.

HTC To Launch China’s First Windows Phone

In the race to bring the first Windows Phone device to China, it looks like we have a winner: Engadget reports that HTC has just began accepting pre-orders for the Triumph, which is essentially the HTC Titan that we have come to know and love re-branded.

Running Windows Phone 7.5 Tango, the 4.7″ behemoth will be priced sans-contract at ¥4,399, which is roughly $700 US. That’s quite expensive, and we can only hope that subsidized, contract pricing options as we have in the West are available to allow more people to purchase the device. So, how is the Triumph different from its Western counterpart? It isn’t, for the most part; one thing to note is that local social services Sina Weibo and Tencent Weixin will replace the Facebook and Twitter integration of Tango. SkyDrive is available, but it will be forced to conform to the regulations of the Great Firewall of China.

Nokia, LG, and ZTE — interestingly enough, Samsung isn’t joining the party just yet — are all poised to release handsets in China sometime this month as well. Throughout the rest of this year onwards, we’ll definitely have to keep an eye out on Windows Phone competition and traction in the Chinese market.

On top of bringing Windows Phones to China, Microsoft has also struck a deal that will bring devices to the Middle East and North Africa, through regional carrier Zain.