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Huawei to launch Windows 8 smartphone

Huawei announces that it will release a phone running on forthcoming Windows 8 Phone

Huawei to launch Windows 8 smartphone
Huawei's Windows Phone 8 smartphone will be part of its Ascend family of phones, which includes the P1 S (pictured).

Huawei has announced that it plans to release a mobile phone running on Microsoft Windows Phone 8.

The smartphone will be part of Huawei's Ascend line of best-in-class phones, which includes the slimmest smartphone, the Ascend P1 S.

Huwaei says it will sell the phone in US, China and Europe, through partnerships with mobile operators and on the open market. No further information on the phone was available at present.

"2012 is building up to be a great year for Huawei. Now, we are poised to end the year with a big bang - with the introduction of our first smartphone running on the Windows Phone platform. 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," said Shao Yang, chief marketing officer, Huawei Device.

Huawei aims to be among the top five smartphone vendors worldwide within the next two years, the company says.

"It's great to welcome Huawei to the Windows Phone family. The only phone with Live Tiles, Windows Phone brings you closest to the people and things you care most about," said Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of the Windows Phone Division at Microsoft. "With Huawei's impressive global capabilities, together we can bring Windows Phone 8 to more people around the world."

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