Lenovo considering Windows Phone for 2013

Lenovo considering Windows Phone for 2013

The Consumer Electronics Show continues to give us some hints about what’s coming up for 2013. Lenovo senior executive JD Howard has spilled the beans on their plans to produce a Windows Phone 8 device as early as this year.

Microsoft and Lenovo are tight business partners and the ThinkPad brand is heavily favoured by business and enterprise customers. At present Lenovo have some Android devices on the market but it’s not difficult to see how having a Windows Phone offering may help them sell a more complete Microsoft package.

The message is pretty clear that they are only ‘considering’ producing a Windows Phone device at this point - only saying as much as there is a “good chance”. He goes on to say that Lenovo will go where the market is strongest and that happens to be Android at the moment, where they see the market as “very solid”. They have just announced a whole range of new Android handsets at CES if that point wasn’t clear enough.

Possible reasons cited for making a Windows Phone seem to stem from what Lenovo say are potential consumer concerns over Android security vulnerabilities. He goes on to say that Windows Phone 8 should prove a solution to those worried about such issues as the OS is inherently more secure. Lenovo is said to be in the ‘planning cycle’ at present and the proposal to go ahead and make a Windows Phone is being put forward for review. If they then decide to fulfil their plans they report we could see one as early as this year.

Lenovo is already tooled to produce Android devices and certainly has the manufacturing skills to bring a handset to market in a short time span. Even though they have not yet given the green light to go ahead then it would mean a very quick turnaround would be needed. Given that, we wonder if Lenovo have been prototyping devices and talking with its customers to test the waters.

There have been rumours of a Lenovo device before and it’s not a massive jump to see why having another Microsoft product can help their overall product portfolio. At the very launch of Windows Phone 7 we saw Dell enter into the market presumably with the same ideas about selling a whole package to business. Dell has since pulled out of the running but Lenovo could have the resources and business savvy to make such an endeavour work.

We’d certainly like to see what Lenovo could bring to the platform, if it is built as solidly as their ThinkPad range it could be a winner. What would it be called, ThinkPhone or perhaps IdeaPhone?

Source: ZDNet


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Lenovo considering Windows Phone for 2013


Lenovo is the one manufacturer, that can make me consider leaving nokia. Not for an Android device, of course:)

I'm a big fan of Lenovo, if they create a Windows Phone i'll find it extremely hard not to buy. Please bring one and give it nice minimilistic styling like their new Laptop ranges!

the 5.5 inch phone that they just announced is looking pretty slick. i would love to see one high end device from them with that design and another one for the low end. lenovo is mostly concentrating on china with their phones and this would be the right time to jump in with windows phone as people there aren't sheep like the people in the wester hemisphere

Considering what my brothers can do to my laptop, and that it survived this long, I can believe that.
Though, Nokia was first when it came to indestructible phones. Still have a 3210 that works perfectly.

7yrs ago when I had my first sigh on Thinkpad X60, I told myself, no other brand will replace my notebook. If there is a ThinkPhone, I will sure give it a try!

If they're considering making it just now, it'll probably be end of this year or early next year before we see the phone. I know Lenovo has made a lot of tablets but I'm not aware they ever made a phone yet. Hope they make a good WP8 device to complement their excellent line of WP8 computers.

Lenovo ThinkPhone T420 would go very well with my current work laptop :).  I doubt I would ever get a Lenovo over Nokia or HTC, but I would certainly appreciate their appeal to businesses.

Lenovo could easily be for wp8 what samsung is for android.  INterested to see what they can do on phones. 

I have a Lenovo tablet for Android and it is absolutely terrible.  Because of my experience with that tablet I would never buy a Lenovo Windows Phone or Windows Tablet.  Ever. 
My tablet is buggy & slow.  Before I completed updates on it half the time I couldn't even unlock it because it wouldn't register my swipes.  Maybe it's Android and not Lenovo, but I won't be taking that chance.

If it is a ThinkPad grade phone.... all I can say wow!! Nokia and ThinkPad are my two favorite hardware marques ever. Having the choice between a ThinkPad phone and Nokia wp8??? I gotta play that song "jizz in my pants".

I just hope it isn't in their idea pad line... not too crazy about those.