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

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