There’s been a few rumors floating around the internet talking about Samsung’s Windows Phone 8 offerings. We now have official word from Samsung on their first Windows Phone 8 device, and ultimately the first Windows Phone 8 device to be announced by any of Microsoft’s partners – including beating Nokia’s announcement scheduled for next week. The ATIV name is what Samsung will be using for all their Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 products.
Besides a horrible name, the ATIV S (we’re told it’s pronounced ‘ah-teev’) has some pretty awesome features including: 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 4.8" HD Super AMOLED screen, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 1.9 megapixel front camera, 2300 mAh battery, WiFi a/b/g/n, HSPA+ 42Mbps on 850/900/1900/2100 Mhz, 16 or 32 GB memory with support for MicroSD (including SDXC, so 64 GB cards will work) and coming in at just 8.7mm thick and 135 grams.
Samsung has added a number of extra applications like their Music Hub, Photo Editor, Diary, and Now (daily briefing app). As well as Samsung Family Story and Tap + Send for sharing content.
I’m pretty impressed with the amount of memory and battery that they packed into such a thin device. Plus the fact that I can add a 64GB MicroSD card means I can have a whopping 96GB or storage for music, pictures, videos and apps in my pocket. What’s not to like?
Just like the other announcements, there was no mention of availability or price. It’s expected we will learn more about that and the rest of the new features in Windows Phone 8 at next weeks announcement.