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Alcatel OneTouch isn’t exactly a household name yet, but the Chinese company has been pumping out some pretty impressive budget-friendly smartphones. Now the firm is getting ready to try something new with a Windows 10 handset coming later this year.

Speaking to CNET, Alcatel OneTouch’s North America Steve Cistulli said the company has big plans for Microsoft’s new platform. “We are very supportive of the Windows ecosystem,” he said.

The news follows a recent leak from Twitter tipster Evan Blass, who revealed plans for a mid-range Windows 10 phone called the Fierce XL. The device will allegedly pack a 5.5-inch 720p display, a 2500mAh battery, a Snapdragon 210 processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. Cistulli declined to comment when asked about the phone by CNET.

We aren’t expecting a ton of third-party Windows 10 smartphones, at least not initially. Microsoft hasn’t had much recent success teaming up with phone-makers, and the decision to acquire Nokia’s mobile business suggests it’s more interested in building its own devices moving forward. Still, it can’t hurt to have another company making Windows 10 handsets too.

Microsoft is expected to unveil two new high-end Windows 10 phones at a rumored hardware event next month. As for Alcatel’s model, it may not arrive until December, though the company seems confident it can deliver the device before the end of the year.