Asus: We'll build a Windows Phone at “the right time”

We’ve been hearing a lot of noise lately about plans from Asus on the Android front – the company is keen to launch one of the first Android 5.0 Jelly Bean devices, and may even be in the running to build the anticipated (though not yet announced) Google Nexus tablet. But Asus isn’t putting all of its eggs in the Android basket, as one of its senior executives emphasised this week.

The company’s global head of handheld devices, Benson Lin, confirmed to Pocket-lint that Asus will join the Windows Phone ecosystem… but not just yet: “We are very close with Microsoft. When we think it is the right time, of course we will do it.”

But when is “the right time”? Frustratingly, Lin wouldn’t be drawn on that, but he did reveal that he personally uses a Windows Phone, as well as an Android handset: “In my pocket, I always carry two competitor products. At the moment, I have a HTC TITAN and a Galaxy Nexus.”

Asus actually built a Windows Phone device (above) back in 2010, but it was issued as a developer preview handset, and although at one point, it appeared that it might go on sale as the Asus E600, the device was never commercially released to the wider public. The company plans to release at least one Windows 8 tablet later this year, and comments made by Lin this week hinted at a “very close” collaboration with Microsoft on that device.

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I really want my next phone to be an ASUS phone if possible in the U.S.... I loved my ASUS laptop when I had one and their products have never disappointed me.

ShareShiz said,
Asus really wants to be the next Dell/IBM ... they want to make EVERYTHING

Samsung makes everything. Asus? I haven't seen an Asus microwave oven or a fridge yet.

zhiVago said,

Samsung makes everything. Asus? I haven't seen an Asus microwave oven or a fridge yet.

Or TV. Though they realistically can get into the market if they want to as they are already making monitors. But Samsung haven't made motherboards as such either. Asus seems to to be going all out in interactive technology, and power to them.

ShareShiz said,
Asus really wants to be the next Dell/IBM ... they want to make EVERYTHING

That's weird, I wasn't aware they were going into IT services and Fabrication processing. Perhaps you should tip this off w/ link to Neowin?

Eddo89 said,

Or TV. Though they realistically can get into the market if they want to as they are already making monitors. But Samsung haven't made motherboards as such either. Asus seems to to be going all out in interactive technology, and power to them.

I think they are waiting if Windows 8 will be a hit or not. There lies the perception of the public regarding Metro.

I'm betting that all of the news and hype about Apollo is causing these companies to wait at this point. I'll bet there is a TON of new devices when Apollo ships.

Nokia WP8 device with Pure View vs any other OEM device? No brainer for me. Take your time, Asus, take as long as you want.

Asus not only make Good Motherboard but in making Table are great, but about phone i don't know much about it , but come on why windows Phone.

ASUS should change their name to Me2 Computers. They are always last at doing anything new and exciting these days. Its no wonder all the Taiwan companies are losing money - they are absolutely chicken when it comes to doing new things and taking risks.

The Chinese will eat them alive - oh, already happening.

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