We know Windows Phone 8 can run on x86 processors, with Greg Sullivan saying just a few weeks ago:
â€œOur architecture is such that itâ€™s hardware independent. For the same reason that Windows 8 [tablets] could run on â€˜Wintelâ€™, right now Windows Phone is on Qualcomm. We have a portable OS architecture.â€
Hermann Eul, President of Intelâ€™s Mobile Communications Group also confirmed that Intel is open in supporting Windows Phone platform with its x86 chips saying:
â€œWe would be [interested] when we see that this market has a good chance to return our money that we have invested into this,â€ Eul said. â€œOur roadmap has devices that can support Windows also on phones. So we can do that. The hooks for doing that [are] there.â€
Greg Sullivan however say â€œWe have nothing to announce at this time,â€ but that day may be coming closer, with Intel advertising for Windows Phone developers in Engineering and Design, which would help the company expand â€œbeyond PCs and servers to netbooks, handhelds, consumer electronics devices, and more.â€
Intel already has Android smartphones running x86 in the market, and their future processors will likely be even more frugal with power, making the devices competitive with ARM-powered handsets. This suggests it will not take much engineering to see a x86 Windows phone show up sooner rather than later.
See the full job posting after the break.