Rumor: Lenovo to launch 1080p quad-core Windows Phone in 2013?

There's been tons of rumors this summer about what Nokia has in store for upcoming Lumia Windows Phone devices, but little info has been leaked about what other companies might have in mind for Microsoft's mobile OS. Now, a well known Windows Phone rumor site claims that Lenovo might pull the trigger on their first Windows Phone 8 smartphone later this year.

Chinese language site WPDang.com reports, via unnamed sources, that Lenovo will release a pretty high end Windows Phone 8 device sometime in the second half of 2013. The report claims that the phone will have either a 4.7 or five inch display with 1080p resolution, along with a quad-core processor inside.

Microsoft has not confirmed that Lenovo has been added to its list of its official Windows Phone hardware makers. Besides Nokia, the other three WP8 device companies are HTC, Samsung and Huawei. However, in January, Lenovo's vice-president JD Howard said there was a "good chance" we will see a Windows Phone device from the company sometime this year. Since Microsoft and Lenovo already have a tight relationship on the Windows PC front, it certainly isn't much of a stretch to see that partnership continuing with Windows Phone.

Source: WPDang via WMPoweruser.com | Image via Lenovo

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Hello,

If they do release it, I hope some of their notebooks will have an option to dock/charge/synch it as well as use it as a trackpad and WWAN device.

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Aryeh Goretsky

Not really sure what the point of this is.

Anyone using WP8 will have noticed it runs slick and smooth even on lower end devices. That's kinda it's party trick. Take a cheap end android and you'll be lol'ing at how poor it is at running even old versions. Same with iPhone. For all the talk about them being premium...even the 4S has it's issues with the new iOS. Oh dear...

Quad core processor for WP8 is like having a Quad Core PC and then putting XP on it. Total waste of time.

What all phones need these days are good battery life and adequate storage for your use. How well does a quad core with uber screen sound for battery life? Pretty dung is how it sounds to me.

I'm still not letting go of my HTC Titan II with WP7.8 just because I am waiting for GDR3 and a 4.7" with a quad-core or better, NFC, wireless charging, all the bells and whistles. I was going to buy one HTC announced would be out at the end of the year until MS pushed GDR3 to 1st quarter next year. I really don't like the current Nokia frames/cases/bodies, I have a 920 for work and it's absolutely terrible, so slippery and difficult to hold onto compared to my Titan II.

If Lenovo would release a 4.7", 5" is too big for me, Worldwide and UNBRANDED WP8 smartphone I would surely consider it as a replacement for my 920.

High spec device and little software to run on it because it's all mostly locked to certain manufacturers...

n_K said,
High spec device and little software to run on it because it's all mostly locked to certain manufacturers...

iPhone is like this too. What's your point?

ACTIONpack said,

iPhone is like this too. What's your point?

Really? What apps can you not download on a certain manufacturer's device because an application is locked to one manufacturer only, remembering that apple is the sole manufacturer of iphones, do let me know...

All Windows Phone hardware will be Quad/1080p when the next gen is released end of this year.

It's MSFT who determines when though, not the OEM and you can be sure Nokia will be first to market.

It's not really next gen. It's the GDR3 update that adds support for Quad-core (most likely Snapdragon 600 and 800 SoCs) and 1080p displays.

The next major update will be "blue" or WP8.1 which will come after. Rumors are a notification center, VPN support and probably more.

some of the stuff from 8.1 will be back ported to gdr3, at this point in time we don't know what features will get added to gdr3. MS know they have been slipping behind in certain aspects of updating wp and all that is being pushed now to get everything back on schedule. I would expect a faster pace of updates coming to wp in the future.

korupt_one said,
some of the stuff from 8.1 will be back ported to gdr3, at this point in time we don't know what features will get added to gdr3. MS know they have been slipping behind in certain aspects of updating wp and all that is being pushed now to get everything back on schedule. I would expect a faster pace of updates coming to wp in the future.

They know they're behind on the updates but they also know that the carriers, the ones who hinder the update process, will, at best, agree to push 1, maybe 2 updates out to existing phones. Knowing this MS has been forced into a slower update process I think, now they have to hold back 8.1 till later, if the carriers didn't mind spending the time and money to test these updates, which they have to do either way, then we'd be on GDR3 already and talking about 8.1 in November I bet.

yes for existing phones it is carrier dependant, New devices will have all the latest for the OS though, GDR3 will be for the holiday season for sure, expect 8.1 in early 2014 sometime.

So that's it, just bump up the specs and nothing else? A little bit faster, a little bit crisper but where's the real innovation?

What is your definition of "innovation"? I'd argue that everything has just been steady progress since the iPhone was released 6 years ago. Doesn't mean it's not worth pursuing.

who is going to release it to the market first Rumored HTC phablet or Nokia phablet or lenovo phablet thats what i would like to know

xankazo said,
GDR3 first than Nokia?

I'm sure Nokia has a GDR3 device in the works right now, or more than one. I expect a new 8xx and 9xx on GDR3 for this holiday. Maybe a new 830 for Verizon with quad core and so on? It's about time they got something before AT&T.

anonymf said,
We live in interesting time. 1920x1080 WP8.x big phones vs 1024x768 Windows (RT) 8.x small tablets.

Well, I don't see why an OEM has to use a low res for a smaller RT tablet just because MS lowered the requirements. If anything that makes the OEM look like a cheapskate. I mean heck, MS should set the stage with a Surface Mini with at least a 1080p screen, though if the aspect ratio is 4:3 then it'd be higher than 1080p anyways. Probably 1920x1400 or so, 8" with good specs for $250-$300.