Asus Thinks About Building a Windows Phone 8 Device

Paul Lilly

Asus may jump on the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon.

Don't accuse Asus of playing favorites. As you know, Asus builds Google's Nexus 7 tablet and also recently announced a low-cost Android slate of its own (the $149 MeMO Pad) , but none of that means it's interested in only dealing with Android devices in the mobile space. On the contrary, the Taiwanese PC maker is reportedly trying to hammer out a licensing deal with Microsoft to start selling Windows Phone 8 devices.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal , Asus wants to build a version of its PadFone around Microsoft's mobile operating system.

"With our PadFone concept, I think it makes sense for Windows 8," Benson Lin, corporate vice president of mobile communication products at Asus, told WSJ . "There is no target timeline...but we are interested in making Windows phones."

The PadFone concept fits the Windows 8 mantra of serving multiple purposes, which has been a theme of late with all the hybrid notebooks/tablets in the wild. It's a phone by day and a tablet by night (or whenever), which requires sliding the phone into a PadFone 2 Station dock.

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