Lenovo to build custom Windows Phone 8 handset

Lenovo to build custom Windows Phone 8 handset
With Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 7.5, Microsoft had a set of strict requirements that handset manufacturer's had to follow. That is why no Windows Phone model had a 4.7 inch screen (outside of the HTC Titan, of course) or  dual-core processor, among other things. A lot of that will change with Windows Phone 8 which will also allow for HD displays, enhanced multitasking and more. And while the update adds more functionality, most things will remain under Microsoft's thumb.

The Android powered Lenovo LePhone S880

The Android powered Lenovo LePhone S880

To that end, WPDang says that Lenovo has sent a number of R&D executives to meet with Microsoft in an attempt to negotiate more freedom for designing the UI of a Lenovo Windows Phone 8 model. For the recently launched Android powered  Lenovo LePhone S880, the OEM had spent plenty of time and money on the UI, and a custom app store. With its Windows Phone 8 model, Lenovo would want to keep as much of the customized build as possible. Microsoft might give in with the app store, but allowing Lenovo to go ahead with customizing the UI will be a hard sell for the OEM.

source: WPDang (translated), WPSauce via WMPoweruser

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14 Comments

1. g2a5b0e unregistered

The second sentence of this article is incorrect. While Windows Phones don't support dual-core processors, both the HTC Titan & the HTC Titan II on AT&T have 4.7 inch screens.

2. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Umm... The HTC Titan had a 4.7 inch screen and it was on mango.

13. ilriz08

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

that's why they said outside the titan

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

They added that afterward.

3. ppLVR

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Tough luck Lenovo. W.P is not like some other OS where you can just put some crap skin on it. Try differentiating with beautiful phone designs instead please.

4. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

"no Windows Phone model had a 4.7 inch screen" titan, anyone? titan 2

14. ilriz08

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

that's why they said outside the titan

5. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Windows phones are failure.

6. qwertypoor

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

Your the failure troll pathetic smh. Hope they can let them change something and give the users choice to use it or not

7. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Says some guy named som... Tell us why what you say matters again?

8. Jkidd569

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Windows phone 8 is going to be amazing. Its new features are going to make it competitive in the market and a new mobile operating system to beat in the upcoming months in fall and in 2013.

9. 12Danny12

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

You som your a failure in your life. Your living in poverty and your too poor to buy food. Here's $5 and buy yourself a cardboard house to live in for your life. And honestly windows phone 8 is gonna beat iPhone and android in enterprise badly.

10. Alan01

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Thanks for the heads-up, everyone! The Titan didn't come to mind for some reason. Alan F.

11. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Hope they don't screw the UI

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