Windows Phone 7.5 Press Conference In Beijing

Chinese manufacturer Huawei will continue its efforts in making smartphones that run on the Windows Phone system, even amid concerns following Microsoft’s $7.2 billion deal to purchase Nokia’s devices business.

Richard Ren, a Huawei executive in charge of the consumer unit in Europe, told the Wall Street Journal that the company remains Microsoft’s strategic partner: “We will continue to develop devices running Windows Phone, and launch more products.”

Many pundits feel that prospective hardware partners will no longer license Windows Phone following the Microsoft-Nokia deal. Huawei’s latest comments come as a boost of confidence that Microsoft’s ecosystem of hardware partners will continue to exist.

Most of Huawei’s smartphones run on Android, but earlier this year it launched a Windows Phone device — the Huawei Ascend W1.

Huawei to Keep Making Smartphones Running Windows Phone [Wall Street Journal]

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