Lenovo gleefully joined the Windows Phone party earlier this year as one of the nine new hardware partners that were announced by Microsoft this February just ahead of the Mobile World Congress.
And although that list included names like Foxconn, LG and ZTE, Lenovo was the highlight.
Now the head of the company’s mobile division, Lin Jun, has confirmed that Lenovo will release its first Windows Phone handset before 2014 is out. The story does not have any more information about Lenovo’s plans for Microsoft’s mobile operating system.
Earlier rumors on the matter hinted that Lenovo was planning to release a Windows Phone handsets this summer, but without any follow up information, chances of that happening are very slim.
What remains to be seen, however, is which market segment Lenovo targets.
A previous rumor claimed that the company was planning a low to midrange device, with screen size in the range of 4.5 to 5 inches. Whatever the hardware specifications, the interesting bit here would be the hardware design of the smartphones.
Lenovo is known to create some of the best hardware, and a partnership with Microsoft on the Windows Phone front has the potential to deliver some distinctive devices.