Asus negotiating a Windows Phone 8 license, hints at possible Padfone on Windows and stronger U.S. presence

Asus negotiating a Windows Phone 8 license, hints at possible Padfone on Windows and stronger U.S. presence
Asus has been reluctant to adopt Windows Phone for its phones, but this could change soon as an Asus executive revealed to the Wall Street Journal that the company is in talks to license Microsoft’s mobile operating system.

What’s more interesting is that Asus vice president Benson Lin dropped a big hint towards a Padfone-like device, but running on Windows.

"With our Padfone concept, the phone plus tablet, I think it makes sense for Windows 8," Lin said.

Asus is well known for pioneering different form factors on Android where it brought to popularity the keyboard plus tablet combo with the Transformer series and the tablet-cum-phone Padfone.

Interestingly, Asus also mentioned Windows 8 rather than Windows RT as its platform of choice. We should mention, though, the Asus executive was vague about those plans, saying there is “no target timeline.”

Additionally, Asus is also talking to US carriers about bringing its devices stateside by 2014. Here’s to hoping.

source: WSJ

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4 Comments

1. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Whoa....this is gonna be nice. I dont think there is anything else like this for WP now, is it?

2. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I don't understandAnd if it happens, so we can see Windows (RT) in the form of a phone or WP on a tablet? So confusing. The Asus VP mentioned about Windows 8 (don't know W8 Pro/RT or WP8). And also about the CPU, can it be a phone/tablet with CloverTrail+ processor like Lenovo K900?

3. MiPac

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

I Would love to see PadFone with Ubuntu..

4. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Too late ASUS... I am truly dissapointed... 2014 is too late... Im already switching to Sony Xperias... (except for Notebooks... I still love Asus notebooks :) )

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