First Windows Phone 8 Device Officially Announced: The Samsung ATIV S

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IFA 2012No more prototypes, no more rumors, hypothesizing, or teases: Samsung officially revealed the very first Windows Phone 8 device, the ATIV S, at IFA in Berlin today.

The phone is going to be undeniably sleek, measuring only 8.7 millimeters thin with a brushed aluminum chassis and a bezel that tapers inwards toward the back. The ATIV S won’t skimp on screen size, however, sporting a sizable 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, complete with Corning Gorilla Glass 2.

Samsung ATIV S FrontThe rest of the handset’s specs are equally impressive, with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor under the hood, as well as 1 GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, NFC support, and a choice of either 16 GB or 32 GB of storage. Thankfully, Windows Phone 8 is going to have support for expandable memory — a feature that its predecessor was lacking — so the ATIV S will also have a microSD card slot for extra storage.

Finally, the phone is powered by a 2300mAh battery, which should provide even the heaviest of users with a respectable battery life.

As the pictures show, the ATIV S will have a couple of distinct design features, including a raised, physical Windows home button (as opposed to a capacitive one) and a speaker bar that runs along the back. The quality build of the ATIV S is evident all the way down to the buttons, which, like both of the phone’s speakers, are going to be made of aluminum. Combined with the slightly rounded edges of the display glass, the phone will take on a clean and classy look.

Samsung ATIV S BackThe version of the phone that was revealed at IFA was a European model that could run on AT&T’s HSPA network, but the spec sheet does not list support for LTE, CDMA, or AWS bands, which some of the American carriers must have in their phones. So it remains to be seen if and how Samsung will adapt the model for US carriers and networks.

Unfortunately, Samsung has not provided any news yet on pricing and availability of the ATIV S.

Samsung ATIV S Windows Button Samsung ATIV S In Hand

Source: Windows Phone Blog

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