Samsung Debuts the World’s First Windows Phone 8 Device

Samsung Ativ SEven after suffering a crushing defeat to Apple recently, Samsung is back up on that horse and trying to make some more smartphones. This time the company is turning to Windows Phone and just debuted the world’s first Windows Phone 8 device with the all new Ativ S. Samsung debuted this device at IFA 2012, stealing some of the spotlight from Nokia who is expected to announce a Windows Phone 8 device next week.

The Ativ S is similar to the company’s main Android smartphone, the Galaxy S III, and shows that Samsung is taking Windows Phone very seriously. The device itself comes with a 4.8″, 1,280 x 720 Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8mp camera with auto-focus and LED flash and a 1.9mp front-facing camera.

Users will also get HSPA+ 42 connectivity, a MicroSD-card slot, NFC, 1GB of RAM and storage options of 16GB and 32GB in addition to a 2,300mAh battery. The release of Windows Phone 8 promises to be a huge moment for Microsoft as the company tries to get its foot back in the door of the smartphone market.

The Windows Phone operating system has been on the market for nearly two years and has also gotten a boost from Nokia and its Lumia devices. However, the sales of Windows Phones have still been mediocre. With this new transition to Windows 8, however, the smartphone platform will share a common core of code with Windows 8 on desktops and laptops, making it easier for developers to create one app for both platforms.

The first version of Samsung’s Ativ S looks to be a European model and it is still unclear as to when the device will be available for U.S. carriers. With the $1.05 billion loss to Apple still looming, pushing forward on a Windows Phone 8 device is a smart move for Samsung.

That’s not to say that it is all up to Samsung, however. Microsoft will still need to work hard to sell Windows Phone 8 to the general public, a public which generally sees iOS and Android as the only choices for smartphones. However, if Samsung can get behind Windows Phone 8 and team that up with continued support from Nokia and even more backing from Verizon, the platform may actually get the attention it is seeking.

Source: Gigaom – Samsung outs the first Windows Phone 8 handset: Ativ S

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