Asus is reportedly in talks to enter the Windows Phone market, almost a year after first saying it would. However, instead of bringing out an Asus-branded Windows Phone 8 device, it seems the manufacturer would favour a smartphone loaded with Windows 8.

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Benson Lin, Asus corporate vice-president of mobile communication products, explained that Windows 8 would be a good match for the company's Padfone concept. "With our Padfone concept, the phone plus tablet, I think it makes sense for Windows 8," he said. "There is no target timeline… but we are interested in making Windows phones."

asus finally ready to build a windows phone but with windows 8 not wp8 image 2

The Asus Padfone and, more recently, the Padfone 2 are Android smartphones which, when plugged into the back of a tablet, offer a full Android tablet experience. As Microsoft guidelines currently don't allow for a Windows Phone 8 tablet - there is nothing over 4.7-inches that runs on the Windows Phone OS (the HTC Titan, which is loaded with WP7) - Asus is looking to work the other way and scale down Windows 8.

According to The Verge, Microsoft is working on an update for Windows 8 - codenamed Windows Blue - that would allow the operating system to work comfortably on devices smaller than 7-inches. It is coming in mid-2013, in plenty of time for Asus to implement in future phone concepts.

Indeed, it is not expected that the first Asus Windows 8 phone will appear in 2013, with Lin telling the WSJ that the phones it is working on are scheduled for next year.

ee.co.uk - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.