With the introduction of support for ARM processors, and the new focus on tablet devices, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Windows 8 is leading device manufacturers to also think about the operating system’s potential for smartphones. While Windows Phone looks like it will be remaining as Microsoft’s official platform for smartphones, we’ve heard of the inclusion of phone-related features in Windows 8. The first manufacturer to take advantage of them may be China’s ITG, which has announced plans for a Windows 8 smartphone for next year.
The xpPhone 2 will have a 1.6GHz processor and include 2GB of RAM. Though not assured, there may be an upgrade to a 2GHz model available. The phone will have a 4.3-inch display and support a whopping 112GB of storage.
ITG is also planning on offering Windows 7 on the xpPhone 2; depending on the timing of the phone’s release, as well as when Microsoft finishes-up work on Windows 8, perhaps we’ll see the xpPhone 2 first arrive running Windows 7, with an upgrade later available. There’s no word yet on price, but this one feels like it’s not going to be cheap.