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Asus reveals its Windows Phone 8 plans

A Windows powered Padfone could be in the works
Thu Jan 17 2013, 10:06
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TAIWANESE HARDWARE MAKER Asus has revealed that it's in talks with Microsoft to license Windows Phone 8, hinting that a Windows powered Padfone could be in the works.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Asus VP Benson Lin let slip that the firm is interested in licensing Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system, because it is looking to succeed in the smartphone market as the PC market continues to decline.

Lin said that Asus might consider releasing a Windows powered Padfone device, saying, "With our Padfone concept, the phone plus tablet, I think it makes sense for Windows 8."

However, given that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 don't work hand-in-hand, unlike Android, we're guessing that an Asus Padfone running Windows Phone 8 won't be arriving any time soon. Unless Lin knows something we don't, that is.

Asus didn't say when it will be launching its first Windows Phone 8 devices, but we'll be keeping our eyes peeled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. After all, Asus did tell us to expect "something huge" at the fast approaching mobile technology show. µ


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