Samsung Announces Ativ S, the First Windows Phone 8 Device

Even as many predict that Samsung will begin to really embrace an OS that doesn’t get it in trouble with Apple, the Ativ S has been announced. The first of many Windows Phone 8 devices, the Ativ S features relatively recent specs. From the 4.8 inch, 720p Super AMOLED screen to the 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 8MP camera, the device is housed in brushed aluminum and, in my opinion, looks super stylish.

So while the hardware is nice, it is the software that should supposedly be a huge improvement. You can read through the highlights here,  though much of the update involves tweaking the innards of the OS.

The Apple-Samsung verdict could be the best thing to happen for Windows Phone, and I have to say – if the price is right, I may have to pick one of these devices up. This, or the upcoming Lumia device.

[The Verge]

On a another, slightly more boring Note, the Note II was also announced by Samsung today. Featuring a 5.5 inch screen, S-Pen stylus support, and the same Exynos of the S III, but at a higher clock speed (1.6 GHz), the device is a screamer and runs Android 4.1 with Samsung’s terrible TouchWiz skin. The physical design and materials mimic that of the Galaxy S III, and it should be available in about a month. So, an interesting device for many, I’m sure.

But seriously though, that Ativ S looks nice.

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