WPDang reports that Lenovo’s Senior Vice President is tweeting from a Windows Phone, and has been doing so since the middle of January.
Liu Jun, senior vice president for Lenovo Group, has confirmed in June 2012 the company is releasing a Windows Phone 8 handset last year, but this was due to be released in Autumn last year, and obviously never materialized.
WPDang notes the vice president of Lenovo Group, MIDH China, Arthur Tsang has told journalists at the end of last year they will release a Windows Phone when the conditions are right.
Their Android handsets is currently making them one of the larger smartphone OEMs in China, and with the recent success of Windows Phone 8 handsets it would not be surprising of they are dusting off their plans for a Windows Phone.
Read more at WPDang here.
WPDang is at it a again, reporting that Lenovo is looking to join the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon, but is looking to get a bit more control than your average OEM.
They report Lenovo has sent a team of R&D executives to negotiate with Microsoft aiming to gain more freedom on the UI customization of the Windows Phone OS.
Microsoft has said they expect to be more pragmatic about customizations in Windows Phone 8, so they may have a chance. We have already seen a prototype Lenovo Windows Phone some time ago and the company has confirmed a Windows Phone 8 handset is on the way.
Do our readers think Microsoft will give in to the OEMs this time? Let us know below.
Citing unnamed sources, Digitimes is predicting that Windows Phone 8 and its association with Windows 8 will bring PC vendors back into the Windows Phone game.
Noting that chipset vendors such as Qualcomm, Nvidia and ST-Ericsson and have lowered the technical barriers for more hardware makers and software developers to join the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem, they expect Samsung Electronics, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Acer, Asustek Computer and Lenovo to be amongst the first to launch Windows Phone 8 handsets. We have of course already heard Lenovo confirming their Windows Phone 8 intentions.
They do not however expect a massive market share turn around with Windows Phone 8, saying current share is already below expectations, despite Nokiaâ€™s efforts.
Windows Phone 8 is expected to be officially unveiled at a Microsoft Developer Summit less than 2 weeks from now, which should lay much of the speculation to rest.
Read more at Digitimes here.
China Tech News, quoting Liu Jun, senior vice president for Lenovo Group, has confirmed the company is releasing a Windows Phone 8 handset in Autumn.
Lenovo is currently the fourth largest smartphone maker in China, and has said they intend to increase their sales to 18 million units by releasing up to 40 models this year, mostly Android of course.
The Chinese company is gaining growth in India and Russia and has become the third largest PC maker in the Russian market, but is also in discussions with resellers in Germany and Japan for the introduction of Lenovo smartphones.
Lenovo has been rumoured to be working on a Windows Phone 8 handset before and a fuzzy picture of a Windows Phone 7 prototype has leaked earlier.
Read more at China Tech News here.
Windows Phone 8 rumors: Nokia prepping PureView and QWERTY devices, Lenovo and Asus to join the game
His self-appointed retirement from leaking Microsoft rumors later this month is apparently not stopping the MS Nerd from revealing some new tidbits concerning the upcoming Windows Phone 8 “Apollo” release in a series of tweets today.
He sheds some light onto Nokia’s WP8 devices, which will include a PureView flagship (albeit with the Nokia N8′s 12 megapixel sensor) with a ClearBlack 1280×720 display destined for Verizon, and a QWERTY landscape-slider with a traditional 4″ WVGA display set to arrive on Sprint. The rather interesting part here, however, is the chip these devices are supposed to be running on: the MSM8960, part of the Snapdragon S4 family. For readers unfamilar with Qualcomm’s product range, the S4 is the second generation dual-core Snapdragon that can also be found Android devices such as the AT&T version of the HTC One X; despite only sporting two cores, its CPU performance is actually comparable to â€“ if not better than â€“ the quad-core Tegra 3 from Nvidia, whereas its GPU performance falls short.
As for the other two major US carriers, MS Nerd claims that T-Mobile will get an HTC device for launch while AT&T is getting two Samsung devices.
Regarding hardware partnerships, Lenovo and ASUS are said to be joining the likes of Nokia, HTC and Samsung as Windows Phone OEMs, whereas there’s “no sign” of LG, Dell or Acer. Considering the latters’ spotty track record â€“ LG’s refurbishing of a first-gen device under a designer brand name, Dell’s failed execution of what seemed to be a great portrait slider, and Acer’s low-end second-gen offering â€“ that doesn’t seem entirely unlikely, although we would still take this with a grain of salt. On the other hand, the notion of Lenovo and ASUS as new hardware partners is much more plausible and corroborates earlier rumors.
So, what do our readers make of this? Is the strategy of seperate flagship devices for each US carrier sustainable?
Some pictures of the Lenovo LePhone S2, an Android phone, has popped up on the winphonexap.com forums, supposedly uploaded by a Lenovo employee.
The pictures show several screens, including the home screen, multi-tasking and threads.
Lenovo is not one of the announced Windows Phone 7 partners, but Microsoft has been in discussion with this them, and also ZTE and Huawei to bring Windows Phone to China.
The Lenovo lePhone S2 should be perfectly capable of running Windows Phone 7, with a 1 Ghz QSD 8250 Snapdragon processor, 800×480 capacitive screen and 512 MB RAM.
However since taking screen shots is now pretty easy on Windows Phone 7, it is also now pretty easy to fake Windows Phone running on another device, so we will have to wait for video to be really convinced.
See more pictures after the break.
Reuters report that HTC, which was initially enamoured with Palm and considered a union, recoiled in horror after seeing the veteran company without make-up.
After HTC did their due diligence and examined the companies internal books, Reutersâ€™s sources report HTC is no longer interested in hooking up.
"There just weren’t enough synergies to take the deal forward," said the source with direct knowledge of the matter, who declined to be named because the deal had not yet been made public.
HTC Chief Financial Officer Cheng Hui-ming and Lenovo spokeswoman Angela Lee both declined comment. Palm has said they still believe they can go it alone, and has expressed further interest in licensing their OS.
"It’s a good thing that HTC is dropping it because Palm has been losing money for a while now, and when you look at the two companies, they share such a similar profile," said Lu Chialin, an analyst at Macquarie Securities.
"A more suitable candidate will be mainland China companies, because they’ve got a lot more free cash and don’t have the brand presence in the U.S. yet."
However both Huawei and ZTE, which have been rumoured to be interest, are out of the deal, leaving Lenovo the last one standing. Whether that interest can withstand the scrutiny that due diligence required of Palm, who has not made money in 13 quarters, remains to be seen.
We know we would certainly have preferred an HTC end to Palmâ€™s story. What do our readers think? let us know below.