Huawei “will probably bring a [Windows Phone] device to market next year”

huawei-logoSpeaking to  chief strategy and marketing officer at Huawei, Victor Xu said the company was in talks with Microsoft to develop a Windows Phone 7 handset.

"We are in discussions with Microsoft and will probably bring a [Windows Phone] device to market next year," Xu said.

Huawei is best known for their 3G modems and other networking hardware, and has dabbled in the past in Windows Mobile handsets.

Huawei’s vice director for industry standards, Richard Brennan, has previously told V3 the company was considering making Windows Phone part of its push into high end handsets. 

The company is a major rival of ZTE, who has recently announced they will be releasing two Windows Phone 7 handsets bound for Europe and China.

Microsoft has previously said expanding into Asia was a major goal of Mango and that they intend to target the segment of the population who has still not upgraded to smartphones with handsets at a wide range of price points.

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