One of Microsoft’s four hardware partners for Windows Phone 8 is Huawei. That may seem a bit surprising, since the Chinese company hasn’t made any Windows Phones so far, unlike the other three companies on that list (Nokia, Samsung, and HTC). But that doesn’t mean that Huawei isn’t serious about Windows Phone.
We’ve known for a couple of months now that it’s hard at work designing its first such device, and now we have confirmation from the company of a release time frame. The oddly named Huawei Ascend with Windows Phone 8 will be out before 2013 comes along, ensuring that the company will “end the year with a big bang”.
Huawei’s first Windows Phone will be available in the US, Europe, and China first, followed by other territories later on. We’re guessing these three will get it in 2012, while the rest of the world will only see it next year.
Past rumors on the matter claimed that one of Huawei’s WP8 devices will be as cheap as $300 (unsubsidized, of course), and we’re hoping that it will be this first handset to be released. A dual-core smartphone for that price will be a very interesting proposition for a lot of people.