Huawei’s Senior Vice President confirms they are working on a Windows Phone 8 handset

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So far the only one NOT talking about Windows Phone 8 is Microsoft, with their OEMs and carrier partners pretty open about the coming arrival of the OS and their support for it.

On his Weibo micro-blog, Huawei’s Senior Vice President Yu Chengdong confirmed, after a meeting with Steve Ballmer at the Windows Partner Summit in Tokyo, that the company would be creating a Windows Phone 8 handset.

Calling Huawei the “world’s first the WP8 phone supplier !”, the company is expected to produce low-cost Windows Phone 8 hardware, which raises hope that the OS will support current generation hardware also as an upgrade.

The announcement confirms earlier rumours, which had the company having 70 engineers working on a Windows Phone 8 handset with a 4 inch screen which will cost only 2,000 CNY (317 USD),

Huawei is not normally associated with smartphones, but have sold 20 million smartphones last year, and aim to sell 60 million this year, making them a significant player.

Shenzhen Post notes that these handsets may show up on Leap Wireless, a low cost US carrier that is already carrying some of Huawei’s smartphones.

It is expected that Microsoft will formally unveil Windows Phone 8 at their Windows Phone developer summit on the 20th June 2012.

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