Microsoft reveals Coship Mobile as new Windows Phone hardware partner

China-based Coship Mobile has been revealed as the latest partner to join the Windows Phone hardware device ecosystem today as part of Microsoft's announcements for the 2015 Mobile World Congress.

The company stated:

"Microsoft has also been working more closely with ODMs to expand the Windows device portfolio. An example of this work is Coship Mobile who unveiled its first Windows Phone 8.1 device, the BVC X1, a 4G LTE smartphone available in Europe, the United States and Asia for OEM partners. We will help facilitate connections between ODMs, OEMs and retailers to bring this device to market."

Microsoft also posted more information on what another China-based OEM, K-touch, has planned for Windows Phone products. K-touch revealed its intentions to support Windows Phone in May 2014.

"Microsoft partnered with the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer, K-touch to release two new Windows Phones: K-touch 5757A and K-touch E8. The 4.5-inch 5757A Windows Phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processer and supports TDD-LTE, WCDMA, EVDO, and GSM, and it will also have the FDD-LTE version to meet the international market's needs."

Microsoft also mentioned's Acer's first Windows Phone device, the Liquid M220, along with UK-based Kazam's two new Thunder phones and the India-based XOLO Win Q1000.

Cherry Mobile, based in the Philippines, has already launched some Windows Phone devices, and today Microsoft said, "We are glad to see their next generation of devices that includes the 5″ Alpha Neon and 6″ Alpha View devices announced during MWC."

Windows Phone OEMs

Overall, Microsoft said that 25 hardware partners have launched 31 Windows Phone models to customers in the past year. The company posted an infographic showing where those partners have sold those phones.

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham