Microsoft is reportedly talking with suppliers in Asia about making a company-branded smartphone.
The Redmond, Wash., company already has its own mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8, but much like with its computer business, it leaves the production of hardware to other companies. In the case of Windows smartphones, Nokia leads the way, followed by HTC and Samsung.
But just as it did with the new Surface tablet, Microsoft may decide to jump into the manufacturing game and try its hand at putting together a smartphone, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The report says that for now Microsoft is simply testing a design. The company isn't sure whether it will take the phone into mass production, the Journal says, citing unnamed sources.