first_imgLenovo has been busy working on Android smartphones and tablets, but they’re going to start putting ARM to work on another mobile platform: Windows Phone.Leaked images first appeared about a month ago, showing what looked like a Lenovo LePhone S2 — an Android device — running Windows Phone 7.5. At the time there had been no official announcement from the company, but LePhone Product Manager Yue Chen has now confirmed that Windows smartphones are definitely in the Lenovo product pipeline. Chen also stated that Lenovo has a “very clear release schedule,” though she didn’t share specifics — only that the first Windows-powered LePhone models will arrive during the second half of 2012.When the first Windows LePhones hit shelves next year, they’ll likely be sporting some serious hardware. Lenovo just took the wraps off the LePhone K2, a slick Android number with a dual-core Qualcomm chip running at 1.5GHz, a 4.3-inch IPS display, a gigabyte of RAM, and an 8MP rear camera. With clock speeds heading north of 2GHz next year, you can bet Lenovo will pack plenty of power into its first Windows phones.The actual phones won’t be the only interesting thing to watch for here. Lenovo is one of the few remaining high-profile Android device makers that has yet to sign a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft — or at least to have such a deal publicized. Other companies with similar ties to Redmond — like Samsung and Acer — who produce both Windows Phone and Android devices have already signed on, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to read news of a Lenovo-Microsoft pact in the coming months.More at WM Power Userlast_img

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