Asus is the latest manufacturer to show some interest in building a Windows Phone 8 device. An Asus exec told the Wall Street Journal that they are in talks with Microsoft to license Windows Phone 8. Asus has been a long time partner for Windows PCs, but they have never built a Windows Phone. In fact Asus hasn’t built many phones at all, they focus mainly on tablets and laptops. The exec had this to say:
“With our Padfone concept, the phone plus tablet, I think it makes sense for Windows 8″
It may make sense in concept, but in practice such a thing would never work. Plugging a Windows Phone 8 device into a tablet would not magically change the OS to full Windows 8. They may share the same kernel, but they are still not the same OS. Unless he knows something about the future of Windows that we don’t, that kind of functionality is impossible. Still, and Asus phone would be pretty nice. What do you think?