Lenovo confirmed today that it has plans to release a Windows Phone device during the second half of 2012. It's not too surprising since rumors had persisted about a Lenovo Windows Phone and an image had leaked last month purported to be of such a device. The authenticity of the leaked image was confirmed today by Lenovo's LePhone Product Manager, Yue Chen, during an interview with iMobile.
Chen revealed that Lenovo already has a clear release schedule for the device and that it's set for the second half of 2012. This revelation follows reports that Microsoft is seeking to launch Chinese Windows Phones in early 2012 through a partnership with Chinese retailer Suning, which operates more than 700 stores throughout China.
The Lenovo Windows Phone device revealed in the leaked image resembled the company's LePhone S2 Android smartphone but was shown running the latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango platform. It could be an early prototype of what the company has planned and a lot could change in the several months ahead of the scheduled release. Lenovo has yet to reveal any additional details on intended specs.