Analysts think that Samsung is reacting fast to its patent case loss against Apple when it announces a range of devices that will run on Windows 8. The ATIV S smartphone is one of them that seems to have been a jab aimed at Nokia, just before its joint conference with Microsoft to announce new Windows 8 smartphone devices.
Coming as a direct competitor to the Lumia range of phones from Nokia, the ATIV S smartphone spots a high-end 4.8 inch display. It has the Corning “Gorilla” glass that is scratchproof and the hardiest glass available today. The phone will be available in the last quarter of 2012, but the exact date of release is still under wraps.
The core architecture of Windows Phone 8 is the same as that of the Windows 8 meant for desktop PCs and laptops. The ATIV S will be a key rival to the Galaxy S3 that continues to have a warm reception at the market. In fact, the form factor of the ATIV S is similar to the Galaxy S3 and only the OS will be a differentiating factor. It has a raised Windows button just like the hardware button that users get on the Galaxy S3. Other hardware specifications include:
- Screen: 4.8 inch High Definition Super AMOLED display
- Processor: 1.5 Ghz Dual-Core processor and 1GB RAM
- Storage options at 16GB or 64GB with support for microSD up to 32GB
- Rear camera: 8 megapixels
- Front camera: 1.9 megapixels
- Power: 2300mAh battery
The device will also have the NFC option for file sharing, payment and other emerging applications for the technology. The large battery will provide enough power for browsing and watching video on the device especially when connecting to the Samsung app store attractions like the Music Hub. The battery is also a key feature given that the ATIV S aims to offer very fast network connectivity by supporting 42Mbps though HSPA+.
This announcement has fueled speculation that the device will be unveiled on T-Mobile in the US, before other carriers get it because, T-Mobile already offers HSPA+. The high-end hardware on the device will not have a significant improvement on the behavior of the Windows Phone 8 OS because it is expected to even run on older devices, as it is not power hungry. Nevertheless, the hardware is good for multimedia support, which enhances the user experience.
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