Samsung Ativ-S is the World’s First Windows 8 Phone announced
Samsung have just officially unveiled the world’s first Windows 8 phone – The Samsung Ativ-S at the IFA Conference in Berlin. As you can see, Samsung have decided to create an entirely new name for their upcoming range of Windows phones, moving away from the ‘Focus’ and ‘Omnia’ branding, instead going with the ‘Ativ’ brand. They’ve done something similar with their PC lineup, which is intriguing, but strange. We’ll be holding out for an explanation of the name. But getting back to the star, the Ativ-S is the first device Samsung have announced, and it’s quite a powerful beast. Aesthetics wise, the Ativ-S (it’s actually a mouthful to.. type?) the front side of it resembles an Android phone, from Samsung no less (possible the Galaxy SII), but the back is what differs. A metal backing with a brushed aluminium look encompasses the entire back cover, and we think it looks great! While we don’t exactly like the entire shape of the phone, we think it will pass as an expensive looking phone thanks to the finish.
Specs wise, get ready for the new generation of Windows Phones:
- CPU – 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor
- Display – 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, with a 720p resolution (1280 x 720), with Gorilla Glass 2 Technology (305 PPI)
- RAM – 1GB onboard RAM
- Camera – 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.9 megapixel front facing camera
- Storage – 16GB or 32GB built in, expandable SD card slot
- Battery – 2,300 mAh
- Thickness – 8.7mm
Specs wise, Samsung are really bringing Windows Phone 8 to the forefront, though it still falls some way short of the best Android devices out there. For starters,
the fact it only has an AMOLED display is disappointing – no Amoled Plus, no AMOLED HD either, (Updated, the phone has a HD Super AMOLED Display) but at least a 720p screen should really help you forget that. We hope they stay away from the Pentile display though. The addition of a large 2,300 mAh battery is also a welcome addition to the phone, as the battery life should be amazing on this phone (with the WP8 battery additions, what ever they are). All that, crammed into a 8.7mm thin body bodes well for users as well.
We’re very excited, especially if this is considered the Medium to High range phone and we can’t wait to see what Nokia and HTC have up their sleeves as well! For now, no carriers, pricing or release date has been announced, but expect November in our opinion. Overall, a fantastic start from Samsung, and we applaud them – though we hope to see other ‘less Android-centric’ designs in the future.
Source: Windows Phone Blog