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Samsung outs the first Windows Phone 8 handset: Ativ S

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Fresh off a legal setback to its Android (s goog) devices, Samsung is now turning its attention to Windows Phone, debuting the world’s first Windows Phone 8 device, the Ativ S. The South Korean conglomerate showed off the new device at the IFA show in Berlin, stealing some thunder from Nokia (s nok), which was expected to unveil a Windows Phone 8 (s msft) phone next week in New York.

The Ativ S is similar to Samsung’s flagship Android device — the Galaxy S III — and shows that the phone maker is taking Windows Phone seriously. It sports a 4.8-inch, 1280×720 Super AMOLED display, a 1.5 Ghz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus and an LED flash and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. Users will also get HSPA?42 connectivity, a MicroSD-card slot, NFC, 1 GB of RAM and storage options of 16 and 32 GB and a 2,300mAh battery.

Samsung Ativ S, Windows Phone 8Windows Phone 8 will be big moment for Microsoft as it tries to get back into the smartphone race. Its Windows Phone operating system has been on the market for almost two years and has gotten a boost from Nokia, with its Lumia devices. But sales have still been lackluster. Now, with a jump up to Windows Phone 8, the smartphone platform will share a common core of code with Windows 8 on desktops and laptops. That will make it easier for developers to create one app for both platforms.

The first version of the Ativ S appears to be a European model. It’s unclear when the device will be ready for U.S. carriers.

With Samsung still smarting from its $1 billion patent loss to Apple, pushing ahead on Windows Phone 8 is not a bad idea. Microsoft will still need to bring its A-game selling Windows Phone 8 to the masses who generally consider iOS (s aapl) and Android their only choices. But if Samsung can get behind Windows Phone 8 along with continued support from Nokia and more backing from Verizon, the platform may finally get some needed attention from consumers.

Samsung’s Yoon Lee, VP of Global Product Innovation Team with Samsung Electronics America will be speaking at GigaOM’s Mobilize Conference on Sept. 20-21.

11 Responses to “Samsung outs the first Windows Phone 8 handset: Ativ S”

  1. U wanted to use ipad that is why u bought it,,,and if u want to use win8,,go get that too,,,simple as u think apple and microsoft are willing to allow different os on their device? Get a surface if u want it for ur business and not that good for nothing ipad,,

  2. Karthik Kumar

    This looks “exactly” like a i9000 Galaxy S with a Windows logo on the Home key.. Uh Oh. Trouble in the US?? Great specs though. Windows Phone was butter smooth on single core. Would love to see how it is on Dual. Might actually buy a secondary smartphone running WP8 from Sammy or Nokia (please Nokia, Lumia 800 had a better design than the Lumia 900, so make that change)

  3. Tech Marketer

    There is no doubt that Windows 8 is a great move by Microsoft. But apart from this ‘start button’, there are many issues that Microsoft may also need to look into. For example, if someone is willing to experience a windows 8 experience, does he/she really need to buy a new tablet or touch device like Surface? I mean, there should be some freedom.

    I was hunting for a solution to this problem, because I am iPad lover, but I still need to use Microsoft Windows for some business related applications that are only supported by Windows. Thus, since Windows 8 has a very interactive and modern interface, I was eager to experience it (without buying Windows 8 tablet, because I can’t carry 2 tablets along with me everywhere).

    Then I found the following article; explain how I can use Microsoft windows on my iPad or Android. It makes sense to me, since with this application/service; I not only can use multiple operating systems (side-by-side without rebooting) on my iPad. But I also get a bundle of other benefits such as extra security layers, very high mobility, I can access my laptop, home PC or work PC from anywhere anytime without any VPN connection… and many more…


    I hope you will find these articles interesting and informative.

  4. Reblogged this on projectz and commented:
    A year ago I wouldn’t have even looked at a Windows phone, the more i read about the platform and the hardware, it seems Microsoft may be getting thier act together on the mobile platform and i’m seriously interested in this device.