Lenovo Windows Phone device coming H2 2012?

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Lenovo looks set to produce a Windows Phone device in the second half of 2012, according to an interview with Yue Chen, a Lenovo spokesman, on iMobile, a popular Chinese language mobile phone website. The addition of Lenovo to the Windows Phone manufacturer line up would significantly strengthen the platform's presence in China and, potentially, other Asian countries.

From iMobile (translated):

 Yue Chen told reporters: "A Windows Phone version [of Lenovo's Music Phone S2) is indeed under consideration. It has a clear timetable for the second half of 2012."

China is a very important market for mobile devices thanks to its large population and growing economic power. It recently overtook the US as the single biggest market for smartphones (by volume of devices).

Lenovo, a Chinese company, is well positioned to exploit its home market. Its initial smart device (LePhone) received strong backing from a number of partners including China Mobile, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent. Other Windows Phone manufacturers are also targeting the Chinese market. Nokia said, at its Nokia World 2011, that it planned to launch the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 in China in the first half of next year.

Recent reports indicate that Microsoft is getting ready for the formal launch of Windows Phone in China. Chinese language support was added to the Windows Phone platform with the Mango release, developer engagement is already taking place and the backend of Windows Phone Marketplace for China is now operational (you can see apps listed in the Chinese Marketplace in our app directory).

iMobile story via the The Verge, LiveSide.

Source / Credit: iMobile