With ASUS E600 WP7 smartphone, the company finally moves to Windows OS for its phone. ASUS is preparing to launch a smartphone running on the Windows OS and has already screened it at FCC. The ASUS E600 is the only ASUS smartphone powered by the Windows Phone 7 OS. ASUS E600 has a stylish black matte finish, an aluminum front and a plastic back with a USB port. It has a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen with a WVGA resolution.

The phone is powered by a 1GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. It has a 5 MP camera with LED flash and offers 720p video recording with a 1300mAh Li-Ion standard battery. The Windows Phone 7 OS supports a large WVGA screen, minimum hardware buttons (start, back, search, camera and photo), a capacitive multi-touch screen, high processing and multi tasking capabilities, multiple connectivity options like Wi-Fi etc mapping with AGPS and a high resolution camera among other features. It appears to be built around the Zune HD platform.

The ASUS E600 phone boasts of a powerful AMOLED screen display, a 5.2 megapixel camera at the back, and supports midrange HD shooting. It will be bearing a close resemblance to Zune HD. This device could be ASUS’s passport into the US phone market; currently ASUS has made its presence felt with the EeePC line.

Microsoft also needs more handset partners to hold its own in the OS market against Android and iOS. Partners like LG are voicing concern over Windows 7 being a winning platform or not. Currently Android is ruling the roost. Microsoft along with its carrier partners, AT&T and T-Mobile, are expecting an increase in revenue with the launch of Windows Phone 7.