Out of the blue, Chinese vendor NEO published a photo of its M1 smartphone, an Android handset, running Windows Phone. As you can see, this is a sleek-looking phone, and its specs aren't disappointing, either. The NEO M1 has a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core MediaTek CPU running at 1.3GHz, 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage space, 13MP camera made by Sony, and a 2000mAh battery. Meanwhile, the body is not a metal-imitating slab of plastic, but a slim, full-blown metal shell. Some Chinese manufacturers have been stepping up their design efforts lately, and the outcomes are rather pleasing to the eye, if not exactly original.
Microsoft's decision to give out Windows Phone sans license fees to interested vendors is already beginning to result an increased variety of WP handsets that aren't Lumia. And that's a good thing. If Microsoft wanted Nokia to be the sole provider of Windows Phones, it wouldn't have bothered to ink partnerships with the likes of Samsung, HTC, and Lenovo, would it?
It has to be noted, though, that the NEO M1's MediaTek CPU is not supported by Windows Phone, or at least isn't announced as such. Maybe the vendor will opt for Qualcomm's previous-generation Snapdragon S4 chipsets , but that's only speculation. Regardless, keep the salt-shaker nearby when it comes to the M1.