The Tech Report came across a new round of rumors that speculate that Microsoft may be on the verge of launching its own smartphone. One report claims the phone will be "unique", while another site mentions the device will be similar to the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III.
TechHive quotes three separate stories—one by Boy Genius Report, another by China Times, and a third by Windows Phone Central. All three stories were posted within the past couple of days, and they all cite evidence of a Microsoft phone's impending arrival. BGR and Windows Phone Central both quote their own, unnamed sources, while China Times... well, the Google Translation obfuscates much of that story, but the lede is hard to misinterpret. It states:
It is understood that Microsoft has, as early as a few months ago had been put into the development of smart phone hardware and selected and Shuo assembly partner, the first half of next year is expected to be officially unveiled its own brand smart phone.