Surprise! Samsung Announces First Windows 8 Phone, Ativ S

Paul Lilly

Samsung isn't letting a little thing like losing a billion dollar verdict to rival Apple disrupt its mojo. Rather than sit around and feel sorry for itself, Samsung today surprised everyone by announcing the Ativ S, the world's first Windows 8 smartphone, edging in front of Nokia and every other Microsoft partner that's planning to launch devices of their own. Ativ S is one of a handful of devices in Samsung's newly branded Ativ Windows 8 product line.

Starting with the phone, Ativ S is a 4.8-inch device with a 1280x720 Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, 8.7mm frame, brushed aluminum chassis, microSD card slot, 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.9MP front-facing camera, and of course Windows Phone 8 software, according to specs posted on Microsoft's Windows Phone blog .

"Today at IFA in Berlin, Samsung lifted the curtain on its first Windows Phone 8 device, the Ativ S. This is just the first in a big lineup of new hardware that’s coming with Windows Phone 8, but it’s a seriously impressive opening salvo," Microsoft said. "Samsung built the Ativ S with the latest and greatest technology, especially for anyone who want a superphone that’s equal parts powerhouse and head turner."

Microsoft's blog post gushes with enthusiasm, as one would expect, but looking at the spec sheet and pics, some of it seems warranted.

In addition to the Ativ S, Samsung also announced the Ativ Smart PC Pro (convertible tablet/notebook) with 11.6-inch display, and Ativ Tab, which is Samsung's Windows RT tablet.

Image Credit: Samsung via GSMArena

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