ASUS toying with idea of mixing Windows and Win Phone with a "Padfone" deployment
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, corporate vice president of mobile communication products at Asus, Benson Lin has revealed that the company is indeed considering Windows Phone. Unfortunately the employee also noted that such hardware has no timeline on when they'll be released to consumers. For Asus to be building Windows Phones would further add to the foundations of the platform.
The company has also put forward its "Padfone (opens in new tab)" concept for Windows. This would see an Asus Windows Phone 'dock' into a tablet device, but continuing to utilise the mobile operating system in favour of Windows RT. This unique approach would provide consumers access to not only a smartphone, but a tablet with a slight twist.
Currently Asus already has a Padfone in the market, running Android. We've already seen accessories from the like of Nokia that enable consumers dock their Windows Phones on charging stands, as well as third-party offerings and DIY projects. But to see a smartphone being able to power a tablet would be pretty special indeed.
Thanks to the closer unity between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, this provides more room for the OEM partner to wiggle. A future Windows update, codenamed "Windows Blue" is expected to push harder on integration and lessen the restrictions surrounding form factors running each version of Windows, as well as implementing a more frequent release cycle.
It'll be interesting to see how Asus advances from here on out. Will we see both devices released simultaneously, or will they launch the Windows Phone smartphone prior to the tablet and note how much demand is present? Either way, it's good news for the Windows Phone platform. More partners climbing on-board can only mean it has a future which the manufacturers would like a part of.
Source: Wall Street Journal, via: The Verge
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so if asus used that, they can totally run Win 8 x86 version
Can't wait to see it. :)
You can see the second video in the link below.
You can see the idea in the video link below.
Both Padfones are running ANDROID and I don't think we'll see a change in that. I've toyed with a Padfone 2 and I have to say I can see myself buying one way before I ever buy a Surface RT. The advantage of the Padfone is that it allows you to kill two birds with one stone. Instead of having two separate OS running (like WP8 and W8RT) it only has one. You dock the cellphone to the tablet and it uses the same core. It turns the phone OS into a tablet OS. Both platforms have independent batteries and if I'm not mistaken, storage space.
So the Padfone IS actually a very good idea to me. And I like the Padfone running Android. Now, Asus is selling lots of tablets with W8, so I wouldn't be surprised if along with that they partered with Microsoft to create a tablet to which you could attach a WP8. That, of course, presents a problem though: it would require either tablets designed to every WP8 devide; or then the release of another WP. Thing is, I don't see people switching from a Nokia to an Asus phone.