Asus Thinks About Building a Windows Phone 8 Device

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Paper Jam

And just like the original PadFone and its sequel, US carriers will refuse to carry it. Why allow you to use your data on an integrated device when they can charge an extra $10 for your tablet to be included on a shared data plan.

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whr4usa

+1

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Baer

I really like the ASUS motherboards I use,, the quality is excellent. I also love my Windows 7.8 phone. My Wife just got a Win 8 HTX 8X phone which we both love. I am planning on getting a newer Windows 8 phone soon and I would certainly consider one from ASUS.

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whr4usa

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did your wife maange to get a color better than black? unlike me haha

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Cregan89

That's actually quite interesting. I'm curious how they would go about doing this. With Android, the smartphone OS is the same as the tablet OS for the most part, and its open source so Asus can modify it to work with both form factors.

In the Windows 8 ecosystem though, the smartphone OS and tablet OS are different, and Microsoft imposes strict hardware configuration requirements on both OSs.

They've got a few different options, each of which is very intriguing.
1. Keep the tablet a cheap/dumb device with basically a battery and a touchscreen, run Windows Phone 8 off the phone and blow it up to a tablet size screen (would be the first product to do so).
2. Keep the tablet dumb again, but run both Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 off the phone and provide a communication path between the two (highly unlikely and complex).
3. Make the tablet fully functional and provide a communication path between it and the phone (still fairly complex and added expense).

Option 1 wouldn't be very ideal and would result in a very limited tablet experience, but is the only feasible way currently with Microsoft's Windows RT imposed limitations.

Option 2 and 3 would be a huge shift if Microsoft agrees to it, because they would have to allow for Asus to build integration between the two OSs which they don't currently allow for on those two locked platforms... Unless Asus creates a really weak integration between the two, which would be a huge disappointment considering the problem this device tries to solve.

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whr4usa

it'd have to be your "option 1" since they specifically mentioned WP8 as the OS

HOWEVER you're ignored the fact WP8 supports both 480p & 720p HD resolutions thus I suspect its "phone portion" would have the same resolution as the Nokia Lumia 822/820/810 and Windows Phone 7.8 devices and the "tablet portion" would have the same HD resolution as the HTC X, Nokia Lumia 920 and unreleased Samsung ATIV devices

I don't see how the "tablet experience" would be 'limited' since the UI differences between WP8 and RT/8 are *mostly* superficial and the Windows RunTime is designed to be scalable without developer intervention for circumstances just like these!

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Opm2

Love my asus transformer tablet and my asus sabretooth mb on my pc.

I've had asus motherboards for years and had little trouble with them.

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