Microsoft reported to be testing a smartphone in Asia

2 Nov 2012

Now it’s got the launch of its tablet computer out of the way, Microsoft is rumoured to be working on its own smartphone with suppliers in Asia.

Citing “people familiar with the situation”, The Wall Street Journal reports that a smartphone design with a 4 to 5-inch display is being tested, but it’s not certain yet if the device will reach mass production.

Though Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has suggested there is more hardware yet to come from the tech giant, some believe that Microsoft’s foray into the tablet market with the Surface has put manufacturers’ noses out of joint. A move into manufacturing its own smartphone could rile up the likes of Nokia, which has aligned itself with the Windows Phone platform.

However, speaking to the WSJ, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said he believed a Microsoft-made smartphone could stimulate sales of Windows Phone devices overall.

Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic