Last week we get to see Samsung’s own Windows Phone 8 device, the ATIV S, which is going to be available by December.
At first glance, the Samsung ATIV S looks like the Galaxy S3 with a different color. To the untrained eye it has the same look, same thin bezel, same rounded body, same thin form, and even the same-sized button at the bottom center. It’s also as light as the Galaxy S3 with its 133g weight.
The ATIV S has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen to make sure those Windows live tiles pop up as you use it. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core Krait 1.5 GHz processor with 1GB RAM and 32GB storage. What’s good here unlike old Windows phones is that you will also get the benefit of a microSD slot.
Based on our short experience gaming with the phone, it felt like you’re already playing on a console with its smooth performance. Quite admirable really.
The back has a glossy brushed aluminum finish that looked like the Pebble Blue version of the Galaxy SIII but more metallic. This phone has the same 8-megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p video recording and a 1.9 megapixel front camera for HD video chats.
Samsung is expecting to release the ATIV S this December and they’re looking at a sub-P25k price.
|Samsung ATIV S Specs:|
|4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display (720 x 1280), Gorilla Glass 2|
|Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon, Dual-core Krait 1.5 GHz|
|Adreno 225 GPU|
|Microsoft Windows Phone 8|
|16/32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM, microSD support up to 32GB|
|8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash|
|1080p @ 30fps video recording|
|1.9 MP front camera|
|Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP|
|GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS|
|137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7 mm|
|Li-ion 2,300 mAh|
|Pricing and availability to be announced|