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Samsung Announces ATIV S Smartphone

ATIV S Windows 8 Smartphone

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In a pre-IFA event yesterday, Samsung took the wraps off its first Windows Phone 8 unit: the ATIV S Smartphone. It comes with a pretty slim aluminum body that measures 8.7 mm and weighs in at 135 grams, despite its spacious 2,300 mAh battery.

Meet the New Samsung ATIV S Windows Phone 8 Smartphone

The handset runs on Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, and it features 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen with HD resolution and Gorilla Glass 2 protection. Since the Windows 8 can support both dual-core and multi-core processors, it also has 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Krait CPU and 1 GB RAM.

Meanwhile, its imaging capabilities are above par, thanks to an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera and 1.9-megapixel front camera. In addition, the mobile phone has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth 3, and Near Field Communication. Users can also choose between 16 GB and 32 GB models, which can be expanded with a microSD card.

Pricing and Availability

Samsung is yet to announce the market and price availability of its ATIV S Smartphone, but people can speculate that it will hit the stores once the Windows Phone 8 becomes available on October 26. Furthermore, this device can be an ideal option for users who are stuck between Android and iOS.

Aside from the smartphones, the Korean tech company also unveiled three Windows 8 tablets during the IFA 2012 in Berlin. These include two 11.6-inch ATIV Smart PC and Smart PC Pro, and a 10.1-inch ATIV Tab.

As far as technical specs go, the Windows 8 smartphone can keep up with a handful of high-end devices. However, the big factor would be how Microsoft’s OS will fare for users. Thus, the company needs to make sure that app developers should start taking its software seriously.

More About Microsoft Windows 8 OS

On the other hand, Microsoft still has a lot of catching up to do with its upcoming OS. The company hopes that the launch of devices running on its software will help it get into the market, wherein it is relatively a late-comer.

Without applications, however, Windows 8 has very little chance of competing with Android and iOS. However, analysts speculate that the Apple vs. Samsung verdict will be beneficial to Windows, since the OS doesn’t bear any similarities to either Android or iOS. This could prompt developers to focus their attention on the upcoming mobile OS.

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