ASUS, the famed PC parts manufacturer, is no stranger in the mobile realm. Just this past week it announced the first ever Padfone, which combines a laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone. However they, as well as all of ASUS’s other mobile products, all run on Android. Benson Lin, who is the global head of ASUS’s handheld division, revealed at Mobile World Congress that while the company “will” produce a Windows Phone device, it will be a while yet.
“[In] All of our spec, panel, storage, even design we can compete. I think we are strong to be able to compete in the market, and we have something different, we have the PadStation [a.k.a. Padphone]. In the beginning our strategy is to focus and focus and focus…When the time comes we will [produce a Windows Phone device.]“
The way I’m reading this, it sounds as if the company plans to produce a Windows Phone Padfone once it’s worked out the kinks with the Android version-which would make complete sense, especially with the rapidly approaching advent of Windows 8. A Windows Phone, which docks into a Windows tablet, which transforms into a Windows 8 PC? Sounds like the best thing since 64-bit processors to me.
The tech industry has long been expecting an ASUS Windows Phone, as ASUS was among the first early adopters, building the Microsoft preview handset for developers. Unfortunately when Windows Phone 7 launched back in 2010, no dice. Since then we have seen every rumor imaginable-it’s coming out soon, it’s already out, it never really existed, or perhaps we’ll see a Windows 8 device. So, sit tight and get comfortable, this could take a while.