Asus interested in Windows Phone, says Padfone concept makes sense for Windows 8

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?

[via Engadget]


  • Fred931

    I wonder if storing the phone in the tablet only does something more trivial, like sharing the battery life [lives?] or file sharing.

    Also, inb4 TABLETCEPTION.

  • Edgar Cervantes

    Phones are able to dual-boot into other operating systems. We have seen Android devices dual-boot using Linux desktop operating systems. You just dock the phone and it turns into Ubuntu. I think it is possible to do this with Windows. Is the industry ready? Maybe not, but it is possible.

    This is where Windows Phone has the advantage. When phones start doing this more, Microsoft will have the power to use the biggest desktop OS in the world.