You all know the Asus PadFone, right? The thing with the smartphone component and the tablet shell that’s powered by said smartphone when the pair are docked together?
Well, an Asus bigwig reckons it might be a good idea to bring the PadFone concept to Windows 8. If you say so, dude.
Asus has in fact released not one but two PadFones, most recently the – you guessed it – Asus PadFone 2.
It’s probably fair to say that neither the Asus PadFone nor Asus PadFone 2 set the world ablaze. Indeed, when we first heard of the successor, we were kinda surprised to learn that the original had been released at all.
Incidentally, if you fancy the Asus PadFone 2, head over to Amazon where you can pick one up for just £856. Ahem.
Anyway! Back to the matter at hand. The Wall Street Journal reveals Asus’ plans to bring together PadFone and Windows; a marriage made in heaven.
"With our Padfone concept, the phone plus tablet, I think it makes sense for Windows 8," purrs Benson Lin, corporate vice president of mobile communication products. “There is no target timeline…but we are interested in making Windows phones."
We’re not entirely sure how it’d work, since there aren’t any Windows Phone tablets. With the Android-based Asus PadFone, the tablet shell effectively magnifies the smartphone display. And of course Android smartphones and tablets ultimately run the same OS.
Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are a different kettle of fish entirely, though a project called Windows Blue reportedly aims to bridge the gap between the two.
PadFone plus Windows, eh? Man, what a strange idea.