Lenovo has confirmed that it is planning to release a Windows Phone device next year.
Pictures leaked of an “S2″ Lenovo Windows Phone last month running the latest “Mango” operating system update. Rumors and speculation on Lenovo’s Windows Phone plans has existed for at least a year. Lenovo’s LePhone Product Manager, Yue Chen, confirmed the authenticity of the leaked images in an interview with iMobile on Tuesday. “We are indeed currently considering a Windows Phone-based LePhone product, and we already have a clear release schedule,” said Chen. “It will be released during the second half of 2012,” he added.
The confirmation follows news earlier this week that Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch Chinese Windows Phones in early 2012. The software giant has reportedly picked an initial retail launch partner in China to distribute the devices. Suning, a high street electronics retailer with 700 stores in China, is expected to partner with Microsoft for the Windows Phone launch. Lenovo is believed to be part of Microsoft’s Chinese Windows Phone plans. Microsoft also recently expanded its Windows Phone Marketplace to India and opened up its developer support in China. Windows Phone developers in China can submit applications to the Marketplace but end user support has not yet been enabled. Microsoft is expected to launch its Marketplace in China in early 2012 alongside a handset launch.
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