Asus is reportedly in talks with Microsoft to launch Windows Phone 8 devices. There is no word on how long these talks have been going on, but Windows Phone 8 licensing deal would certainly help both the companies. Microsoft needs more manufacturers to produce Windows Phone 8 running smartphones and Asus needs to succeed in the smartphone arena. It is already a known tablet maker, thanks to Nexus 7 and Transformer tablets.
According to a report in Wall Street Journal, Asus has introduced the topic of making a Windows 8 version of its so-called Padfone to Microsoft as it seeks to expand its fledgling smartphone business.
“With our Padfone concept, the phone plus tablet, I think it makes sense for Windows 8,” Benson Lin, corporate vice president of mobile communication products, Asus said. “There is no target timeline…but we are interested in making Windows phones.”
We are not sure how a Padfone will run on Windows Phone 8 operating system, as Microsoft offers two different operating systems for phones and tablets, unlike Android, which is OS on existing Padfone. There is no way to easily switch between Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 and also keep the data synced. Unless, Microsoft plans to solve this issue somehow, we don’t see it happening.
To remind you, Windows Phone 8 devices are currently being offered by Samsung, HTC, Nokia and Huawei, if talks with Microsoft go well Asus will be the fifth smartphone maker to jump in Windows Phone arena.