We’ve been reporting for a few months now that there have been whiffs of Microsoft set to get into the hardware business when it comes to phones, too. WSJ reports today that Microsoft is working with several component suppliers in Asia in order to test its own smartphone design. At this point the design is still very much a prototype and it is undecided whether or not the device will make it into mass production. Two of the obvious contenders for the title of manufacturer are Huawei and MediaTek, which would certainly suggest why Huawei has not released a phone immediately for the Windows Phone 8 launch.
We’ll likely see a Microsoft device sometime next year if these rumors are to be believed. It would not surprise me in the least bit, since Microsoft has lead the Windows 8 tablet charge with the Surface RT and Surface Pro soon.