Windows Phone 8.1 handset made by Lenovo to be released this summer?

Lenovo has a long-lasting partnership with Microsoft. However, until now the Chinese company released only PCs, notebooks and tablets using Microsoft platforms. But no smartphone - despite the fact that Lenovo WP devices have been in the rumors since 2012. 

Things are about to change this year, though. Microsoft announced at MWC 2014 that Lenovo is among its new Windows Phone hardware partners, so we should expect to see Lenovo-made WP handsets soon. How soon? Well, Russian website WP7forum, which allegedly provided accurate information in the past, has it that the first Lenovo Windows Phone device may be launched this summer, with an official announcement possibly coming in April. 

According to WP7forum, the upcoming Lenovo Windows Phone handset will be a mid-range device sporting a 4.5 to 5-inch display, and featuring a Snapdragon 400 or Snapdragon 600 processor. The device could cost about $400 or less. Naturally, it should run the new Windows Phone 8.1, which will be released this spring.

We don’t know if Lenovo’s Windows Phone handsets have anything to do with the upcoming smartphones that the company is reportedly designing in collaboration with Ashton Kutcher. But we’ll let you know when we hear more about this.

At the moment, Lenovo is heavily betting on Android smartphones. The company is buying Motorola Mobility from Google for almost $3 billion - another sign that Android is really important for its mobile future.

Note: what you’re seeing above is just a mock up we made (based on the Lenovo Vibe Z, which in reality runs Android).

source: (translated) via WPCentral



1. iguano

Posts: 101; Member since: May 10, 2012

maybe a Motorola? lol

2. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Lenovo - Windows devices Motorola - Android devices This has to be their new strategy!!

9. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

I am pretty sure moto will make WP8 if lenovo wants it to, because lenovo devices wont come to USA, it bought moto for that, so in the future don't be surprised to see moto with WP8 in USA

11. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

this is funny if we see Motorola with Windows phone

16. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Anything is possible...

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Motorola has made Windows devices before. IIRC the Moto Q ran WinMo, and there was a couple in that series. It looked like a Samsung Blackjack, small screen & a physical keyboard. That was just before the OG Droid.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Samsung, HTC, currently make Android and WP devices as well. They have made them from the beginning.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Ashton+WP, makes sense now.

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Please explain..

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Remember WP Samsung vs Apple commercials? As well as Ashton's camera ones..? I can see them using him in adds to sell their phones. "So easy to use..even Ashton can handle it"

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol.. Ok.

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I'll believe it when I see more leaks, and evidence.. Until then I'm not holding my breath..

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Well, actually now that I think about it... WP8.1 has been structured so that it can run on pretty much all Android hardware, so it's actually possible for every OEM to have a running version of WP in their lineup before the end of the year.. ........................ This is the main reason for the added on screen controls, one if the reasons why it's taken so long for WP8.1-0xxxx to get here, and getting many more WP device manufacturers is one of MS main goals for 2014... I guess I can believe that a Lenovo Device is coming sooner than later..

18. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You also only see Microsoft's, Carriers, and manufactures screen shots on ads, and demo devices... Its not like they are going to go all out with customizing the start screen... Are you telling me that in a at&t store all iPhone start screens don't look very similar, if not identical? Do Android factory set start screens look drastically different from each other in ads, and on store shelves???... If you really want to see real customers screens then look at some online by images in search... What's wrong with you?

7. iguano

Posts: 101; Member since: May 10, 2012

a moto x with Windows phone 8.1 will be very sexy!

8. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, those colorful phones would match WP well..

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

it runs on hardwaere WP8 supports so why not? maybe moto X 2 with WP8 8.1 by end of the year with all that customization.. would be amazing

17. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, but I doubt that because they wouldn't run a special program like that for a device that will realistically sell a relatively small number of units..

13. wrm2013

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Lol every windows phone looks identical

15. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That's totally not true.. How can you explain that?.. ...................... WP does have a very direct theme, but the start screen has so many options to configure it with pictures, and different size tiles that the possibilities are almost endless... I would argue that it is the most customizable..... .......................... As crazy as it sounds you could literally cover the entire screen from top to bottom with pinned websites.. Not to mention that you could do that in a combination of 3 different tile sizes, or choose one tile size.. Lol.. That's just one crazy way you could configure a WP8 start screen.. Now, you can choose pictures, and pin almost every part of the OS to the start screen.. You can pin a album, artist, or specific song to the start screen... Make a entire start screen full of podcast... With folders the possibilities are endless.. Apps in the store give you even more control over the start screen giving you the option to add large pictures using multiple styles to the start screen.. Endless possibilities there..... You can literally delete everything on the start screen and have it as basic as the phone hip, and text messaging hub.. Really!! ........................ I could go on all day about what you can do to the WP8 start screen... And, I've never seen to peoples WP start screen that is similar, and because of the nature of WP that's impossible unless done intentionally... Can you say that for any other platform?... Keep in mind that with WP8.1 even more options are coming to the WP start screen, that further make the possibilities really endless compared to other platforms.. And, WP is super easy to customize... ................... So, post a link of the start screen on your device, and lets see how distinctive it looks... Then I'll show you mine.. You up for the challenge?

22. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

the Lenovo/Motorola Moto smart phones case can be designed by the user to some degree. Windows phone 8 fans would love to buy them because it would be of their OWN TASTEs

23. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks if Lenovo makes User case config Moto Windows 8.1 smart phones. they will be a way for Lenovo to have Windows 8.1 smart phones that are set apart from the rest of the pack.I hear Sony may make a Windows 8.1 smart if they do WOW look out Nokia. Sony is the Master of making thin High tech devices. their Windows 8.1 smart phones may make the rest including Microsoft/Nokia Lumia smart phones look bad

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