Asus considering making Windows Phones

In an interview with Benson Lin, corporate VP of mobile communication products at Asus, it was revealed that the company is "interested in making Windows Phones", although currently there is no timeline for a release or even a solid confirmation that it will happen. Asus is reportedly in talks currently with Microsoft to get a Windows Phone licensing deal, potentially expanding Asus' mobile products range outside that of Android and Windows RT/8 tablets.

Will we see a Windows-powered Padfone?

Lin also says that a Padfone-style device "makes sense for Windows 8", meaning we could be seeing a phone-docking-tablet running Windows in the future. However, the current interoperability between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 makes it a challenge to get a Windows Padfone up and running. With the Android model, the phone simply powers an Android tablet interface when docked, but in Microsoft's ecosystem two entirely different operating systems are used for tablets (Windows RT or 8) and phones (Windows Phone 8).

If Asus does indeed enter the Windows Phone realm, it would certainly be interesting to see what they develop as they haven't yet released a standalone smartphone product, rather focusing on tablets for their mobile line-up. Releasing a standalone Windows Phone ahead of an Android smartphone would be a strange choice for a company familiar with Android, but with Windows Phone gaining support it's entirely possible that Asus wants to try something new.

Source: WSJ via: The Verge

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I have an older ASUS P750 phone runing Windows Mobile 6.1. Excellent phone except the case. Very bad plastic/case design used for an very expensive phone. I've changed it twice in a year but corners get broken by themselfs without any shock. An friend got same issue. case broken in 3 months without any injury supported by the phone. Since then I never hear about a new phone by ASUS except the Padfone combo...

Asus made all the prototype WP7 devices for MS.

Windows 7/8 arm alpha was also tested on Asus phones since it was the most accessible hardware for MS at that time.

Would be interesting to see happen but I wonder if MS isn't already working on having WP support larger screens. Right now I don't know if a oem can make a 5" WP device or if we have to wait for the next major 8.1/8.5 update to get higher res support and thus bigger note type devices.

Glad to see a bit more interest in the OS. It really is a good phone OS. We need more push into mobile phone operators too.

Always nice to see another OEM interested in Windows Phone. Hopefully it results in some nice devices coming out. Even better if in this case, Asus doesn't stamp the front with their logo. A clean front looks so much better.

yes, however all the china/little dragon OEMs do extreme branding with logotypes - not a surprise as they need the brand-building in european/american markets and another problem is the differentiation between devices - they are so similar you need a big f_ing logotype just to narrow down for search if you want to find a phone you just seen on the street

Microsoft won't license WP for tablets, and OEMs will be stupid to use Win8 on an x86 phone, at this point in time, at least. They're stuck with the franken-windows that is RT, at it's core, not really compatible with either. Dualbootin' or a weird sort of docking like Motorola did is not a real answer for normal people, as much as people like me would like it. The Android version is basically a pasthrough for the display and a dock charger for the battery. Else it is the exact same os, no syncing or booting or sharing configuration or folders and such, just a secondary display + extra battery.

People, do not miss the point of all this. YOU WILL NOT SEE WP ON A TABLET.