What do you have when a prominent Android manufacturer gets it into its head to come out with a Windows Phone model? Something like the HTC One M8 for Windows? Sure, that can happen, and when things works well like they did there, it can be easy to get excited the next time you hear about a similar OEM considering some Windows Phone plans of its own. So with headlines going around today that there’s a new Motorola Windows Phone model in the works, our interest was understandably piqued. As it turns out, though, while there could be some real meat to this story, that comes with one big asterisk that makes this news a whole lot less satisfying.
Motorola Solutions: there’s the rub. Evidence in a benchmark database points to work on a new 720p Windows Phone handset from Motorola Solutions, not Motorola Mobility.
Well, so what? Motorola is Motorola, right? Not so much, and while Mobility makes smartphones like the Moto X, Solutions designs enterprise hardware for the business market. Think: barcode scanners, inventory management systems, and their ilk (like the Androids you see above). That almost certainly means something like Windows Embedded instead of regular Windows Phone, and would indicate that this hardware is very much not intended for mainstream commercial release.
So, sorry to burst your bubble: there’s no Moto X for Windows on the horizon. At least, not that we’ve seen any indication of.