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ATIV S Revealed As Samsung's First Windows Phone 8 Device

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Aug 29, 2012, 12:11 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Aug 29, 2012, 12:27 PM

Samsung and Microsoft today showed of the ATIV S, the Korean hardware maker's first smartphone to run Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform. The ATIV S features a brushed aluminum chassis that measures 8.7mm thick. It has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 2 protecting it from scratches and breakage. The ATIV S is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, which is paired with 1GB of RAM. Connectivity includes Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, and HSPA+ in the 850/900/1900/2100MHz spectrum bands. Samsung hasn't announced a U.S.-specific version of this device yet. The ATIV S will come in 16GB or 32GB variants, and also supports microSD cards. The ATIV S has an 8-megapixel main camera with autofocus and flash, a 1.9-megapixel user-facing camera, and a 2,300mAh battery. The device has a physical Start button below the display, and is flanked by two capacitive buttons for the back and search functions. The device has a rounded profile, and even the buttons are made from aluminum and not plastic. Neither Samsung nor Microsoft said anything about the software features of the ATIV S.

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Aug 29, 2012, 1:21 PM

Absolutely beautiful

I hope it comes to AT&T, though I imagine it'll probably be $200 at least Sad
It has Metal buttons, it'll probably be more than $200.00
Why would you want that amazing phone on At&t's crappy network?
Just wait a couple of months, nearly every phone is eventually free if you wait long enough...

Aug 29, 2012, 12:37 PM

Insanely Ugly

Although it looks like Samsung at least improved the materials from the dead-****roach-carcass Galaxy SIII, the hardware doesn't match the hard-edged angles of the UI (something the HTC and especially Nokia devices are good at.)
But it definitely does clash. I think Nokia would have been a better bet for "first Windows 8 phone manufacturer" position.
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