Huawei has announced that its first Windows Phone handset will run Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 platform.
We heard that Huawei was one of the initial vendors manufacturing a Windows Phone 8 device earlier this week and this has now been verified by the Chinese firm.
Shao Yang, chief marketing officer for Huawei, said in a press release: "We are poised to end the year with a big bang – with the introduction of our first smartphone running on the Windows Phone platform."
Yang continued: "We're very excited about this relationship with Microsoft which will enable us to provide our customers with a bigger array of Huawei smartphone choices."
Huawei joins Nokia, Samsung and HTC in the Windows Phone 8 device stakes, with all four set to go head to head with handsets towards the end of the year.
There's no word on when the Acsend with Windows Phone 8 will be available, or what price or specifications it will rock, but Huawei said it expects the handset to enter markets in Europe, China and the US, with possibly more to follow.