Microsoft Could be Preparing for its own Windows Phone 8 Smartphone
OEM partners are getting upset with Microsoft’s foray into the tablet market and it seems they will have something more to fret about. Rumors came from Microsoft’s supply chain that the software giant is working on Windows 8 smartphones as well. It is likely that Microsoft will be working with a specified phone maker for Microsoft-branded handsets. It is unclear whether Microsoft’s device would a market-ready handset or just a reference platform.
However, from what we can discern so far, the smartphone may just be intended as a reference platform. A prototype of the device is already in existence, as Microsoft already revealed a WP8 handset running a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor. Given their relative lack of experience in mobile industry, it is quite unlikely that the software giant will go into the trouble of developing their own phone design. Nokia is the most likely choice for a partnership, but other Windows Phone devices maker like HTC and Samsung could also have involvement in the development of Microsoft’s handset.