Microsoft and Asus to launch a smartphone next year?

By on February 18, 2010, 4:30 PM
More details about Microsoft's elusive, self-branded smartphone have hit the grapevine. The software giant has partnered with Asus to build a device with a candy bar touchscreen design, according to Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar, who supposedly spoke with Microsoft's supplies and design partners. Naturally, the handset will run Microsoft's recently introduced Windows Phone 7 OS.

Unfortunately, the companies have encountered setbacks and development has temporarily slowed or halted. The device was originally supposed to hit shelves late this year, but will probably be pushed back until early next year instead. The cause of the delay isn't known, but Kumar speculates that if it's software-related, it could affect other manufacturers.


All of this goes against Microsoft's repeated denial of plans to make its own phone, and nothing is official. For what it's worth, Electronista reports that Asus built the reference phone used at Microsoft's MWC keynote.




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Punkid said:

arghh i wish microsoft had contacted some other manufacturer,perhaps HTC

maestromasada said:

Punkid said:

arghh i wish microsoft had contacted some other manufacturer,perhaps HTC

What are you saying? ASUS build the best mobo in the world

Guest said:

What are you saying? ASUS build the best mobo in the world

exactly, they build the best MOBOs in the world, you don't necessarily want some of the other things they make - HTC makes the best Mobile phones in the world, they also carry a price tag of "first born" when one of their new phones comes out.

So, it's not all bad. You can bet that it won't be an absolute POC, but it won't be the best hardware, it also won't cost as much as it would if HTC made it.

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