When customers finally get to rush in on networks running China's homegrown TD-SCDMA 3G standard next year, it looks like there'll be at least one honest-to-goodness smartphone in the mix. China Mobile has revealed that Inventec has supplied it with the S876 for testing, a Windows Mobile 6 Professional device rocking a 2.4 inch touchscreen, 3 megapixel cam with autofocus, touch wheel navigation, and dual-mode support for seamless switching between TD-SCDMA and GSM -- especially important considering that the new network will only be available in 10 markets to start. Seeing how this is the largest carrier in the world's most populous country, getting 3G devices in the pipe seems like an automatic boon for anyone involved -- let alone the network's first Windows Mobile-based smartphone -- so we suspect the S876's arrival in the second quarter of next year is going to make it a darned good time to be an Inventec employee.

[Via the::unwired]