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iPhone 4 Rival Alert : Lenovo Developing Android, Windows Phone Mango LePhone Handset?

Pictures of what looks like a variant of the Lenovo LePhone S2 handset running Windows Phone Mango have appeared online.

According to Engadget (opens in new tab), a product engineer at Lenovo apparently posted a few pictures on Chinese website Weibo which have been picked up.

The phone looks a lot like the soon to be released LePhone S2; there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, what appears to be a 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive touch display, an eight megapixel camera with 72-p recording and a customised version of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.

It looks likely that Lenovo plans to run two OS on the same hardware platform. After all, if in the desktop world, MacOS, Intel and Android can run on the same Intel architecture, there's no reason why this shouldn't be the case on ARM.

Doing so would yield a lower bill of material thanks to economies of scale, and is likely to lead to reduced stocks, especially if Lenovo engineers can manage to iron out any issues related to having a shared hardware platform.

There's a problem though; Windows Phone comes with Facebook and Twitter integration, and one has to wonder whether Microsoft will produce a customised version of Mango for the Chinese market.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.