The Windows Phone 8 platform is due to launch in the coming week. Now we've heard fresh rumours that Microsoft are working on their own-branded Windows 8 smartphone.
The rumours, reported by WSJ, come from a source inside one of Microsoft's suppliers and suggest that the company is already testing their own smartphone. However, at this time it's not certain whether it'll go into full production or not.
Microsoft recently launched their own tablet, the Surface, which shows that they are keen to launch their own branded hardware. With this in mind we wouldn't be surprised if these rumours proved correct and we see a Microsoft branded smartphone launching next year.
Google have shown how a company can successfully move into the hardware business with its Nexus range. However, they subcontracted manufacturers to produce the devices and we're not sure whether this is what Microsoft has in mind.
One possibility for Microsoft is to collaborate more closely with Nokia to produce a Microsoft branded Nokia smartphone. This is an exciting thought and one which doesn't seem too far fetched considering how closely the companies already work together.
Those looking to buy a Windows Phone 8 smartphone in the short term will have to consider one of the launch devices. In the coming weeks the Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820, HTC Windows Phone 8X and HTC Windows Phone 8S will all be available to buy.
3G hope to review all of the Windows smartphone shortly, so keep posted to get the lowdown on all of the new Windows mobiles.
By Simon Thomas on 02nd November, 2012