Asus VP Benson Lin told the Wall Street Journal recently that the company is “in talks” with Microsoft over creating Windows Phone 8 devices. But that’s not all, as Lin referenced Asus’ smartphone/tablet combination, the PadFone, and suggested that a Windows-based version of it could be in the cards.
“With our PadFone concept, the phone plus tablet, I think it makes sense for Windows 8,” said Lin.
As has been pointed out upon, however, the PadFone really doesn’t make sense for Windows 8, at least not with the way the OS works now. The current PadFone, which is powered by Android, works because the OS is the same regardless of screen size. Not so with Windows 8 (or Windows RT), which does not share the same flexibility. A similar Windows-based device would need to run two operating systems: Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT.
Don’t expect any of this to come to fruition any time soon, though, as Lin specifically said that there is “no target timeline” for any of this, while also mentioning that Asus is working with U.S. carriers to bring its phones to the this country by 2014.