We're not quite sure what's going on here: you see, Lenovo's been cosying up to Android for its smartphones
all this time, so we were a bit surprised when one of its product managers posted some photos of a Windows Phone-powered handset (even Engadget makes an appearance
). More interestingly, this mysterious phone looks identical to the upcoming Lenovo LePhone S2, which features a heavily customized Android 2.3.4, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chip, 480 x 800 display, eight-megapixel camera (with 720p recording) and a smaller plus lighter body than its predecessor
done a brief preview of the S2 Android if you're curious.
But the bigger story here is that if Lenovo is indeed developing a Windows Phone Mango device for the Chinese market
(and remember that Lenovo has yet to market its smartphones outside China)
, then this S2 variant could be the first of its kind that gets the blessing from the Chinese authorities. Right now Windows Phone has a tight Facebook and Twitter integration, both of which are unfortunately banned by the Great Firewall; and additionally, even the Windows Phone Marketplace had fallen victim to the system for unknown reasons back in August
. Of course, Windows Phone's China penetration could be just a matter of time anyway, but it'll be interesting to see what compromises Microsoft will have made to keep the authorities happy -- Nokia
will surely need this to keep a good shape in China.
On the other hand, given the common hardware compatibility between the two mobile OSes, there's also a good chance that this strange device is merely the work of some curious engineers at Lenovo -- you know, much like the Android-powered Nokia prototype
spotted in June. If this is indeed the truth then let our bubbles burst.
It turns out that Lenovo's less-known A60
Android handset has already made it to the Philippines at least, so the company does have a small presence in the mobile market outside China. Thanks Ravin!
Lenovo's upcoming LePhone S2 seen running Android as well as Windows Phone, looks confused