Lenovo is set to
enter the Windows Phone 7 market by launching a handset in the second half of
2012, the company has confirmed.
Last month some
images emerged from China of an unknown handset running Windows Phone 7 and now Lenovo’s
LePhone Product Manager, Yue Chen has confirmed that the images are indeed of a
real device, which will be launching later in 2012.
Chen said the Chinese company was “indeed currently
considering a Windows Phone-based LePhone product, and we already have a clear
release schedule — it will be released during the second half of 2012.”
Lenovo has also announced three new Android phones, called
the LePhoneS760, LePhone S2 and LePhone K2.
The S760 is the budget model with a 3.7-inch AMOLED display,
1GHz processor, and a 5-megapixel camera. The S2 is a midrange device with a
single-core 1.4GHz processor, 3.8in TFT screen and comes in 8GB and 16GB
versions with the former with 512MB and the latter a more respectable 1GB.
The K2 is a more premium device with a 1.5GHz dual-core
Snapdragon processor, a 4.3in IPS display, 1GB of RAM, and 1080p video capture.
Whether any of these phones will ever be launched outside
China is unknown and Lenovo has so far only announced pricing for the LePhone
S2 (around £300) in China.