Windows 8-based PadPhone in the Works?

In what looks like a logical step in the evolution of PadPhone, ASUS' innovative device that converts a full-featured 5-inch smartphone into a 10-inch tablet with a simple docking, the company expressed interest in turning the now Android+ARM based device into a "Wintel" (slang for "Windows on Intel"). In an interview with Wall Street Journal, company VP Benson Lin stated "With our Padfone concept, the phone plus tablet, I think it makes sense for Windows 8."

Considering all the ingredients for such a device are already in the market, be it the recently-launched Intel Atom Z2420 "Lexington" x86 processor, cheap 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM, or the operating system itself, with a relatively light MSR; and given that 5-inch 1080p display panels are available, even if expensive and in short-supply, it doesn't sound far fetched to imagine ASUS' Wintel Padphone being a combination of:

  • A 5-inch 1080p Atom-driven Windows 8 smartphone,
  • A tablet that augments the smartphone with a larger 10.1-inch screen, more connectivity, and auxiliary power,
  • A dock that converts the tablet into a functional desktop, complete with a keyboard, mouse, additional storage, connectivity, and AC power,
  • Another dock that converts the tablet into a notebook, complete with a keyboard, track-pad, and additional storage/connectivity options.

On the not-so-long road to such a product, ASUS began groundwork by talking with companies that matter - Microsoft, US-based cellular operators, etc., hoping to bring it to existence latest by 2014.

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Source Wall Street Journal
Channels Desktops, Notebooks, Phones, Tablets
Topics ASUS, Windows 8, Atom, PadPhone 2, PadPhone
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