Samsung has officially confirmed that it will bring smartphones based on Windows Phone 7 to the UK this year, just weeks before the new platform is due to arrive.
The Korean electronics giant announced an agreement to use Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 and related application software as a key component of its smartphone portfolio.
However, this is merely an official confirmation of what was already widely known, as Microsoft has been openly using Samsung handsets to demonstrate its upcoming phone software for some time.
The company has yet to officially announce any specific models, but images have already been leaked to the web showing a handset called the GT-i8700.
Other vendors expected to have Windows Phone 7 devices ready for the official launch in October, or shortly after, include HTC, Dell and Asus.
Samsung plans to launch several Windows Phone 7 devices this year in Europe, the US and Asia, the company said.
"Samsung's new Windows Phone 7-based smartphones will play a key role in reinforcing Samsung's leadership in the smartphone market and commitment to providing a range of devices across a variety of platforms," said Simon Stanford, head of mobile for Samsung UK and Ireland.
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