While there has been evidence that Sony worked on a prototype of a Windows Phone-based smartphone in the past, so far the big Japanese electronic company has not joined with Microsoft in offering a product using the mobile phone OS inside. That could finally be changing, according to a recent quote from a Sony Mobile executive.
In an interview at the Mobile Today website, Sony Mobile's UK and Ireland MD Pierre Perron is quoted as saying:
Sony’s strategy is one of openness. Microsoft is a Sony partner with the likes of our VAIO laptops and it’s integrated onto our tablets. As far as Xperia smartphones go, Android remains the preferred partner, although Sony is not a single partner company. We are currently investigating with the likes of Microsoft the possibility of diversifying our product strategy.
Sony's Windows 8-based Vaio Duo 11 notebook-tablet hybrid was revealed in late August
Sony certainly came up with some cool Windows 8-based touch screen products at the IFA trade show in late August, including the Vaio Duo 11 shown above. It stands to reason that Sony could also come up with a smartphone that would look cool and perhaps rival what Nokia, Samsung and HTC have in mind.