IFA 2012: Samsung Steals March on Nokia with First WP8 Smartphone

Samsung Electronics became the first handset maker to announce a smartphone using Microsoft’s latest mobile software, making its surprise, hurried announcement just days before the highly anticipated launch of Nokia’s version.

Nokia may be Microsoft’s partner on Windows phone hardware, but Samsung got the jump on its competitors by announcing the first handset to run Windows 8. Photo: Samsung Electronics

If you’ve been wondering what the first dual-core Windows Phone 8 would look like, this is it. Samsung Electronics became the first handset maker to announce smartphone Ativ S, using Microsoft’s latest mobile software, making its surprise, hurried announcement just days before the highly anticipated launch of Nokia’s version.

The Ativ S (Ativ is “Vita” spelled backward) features a slim design, a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. There’s also compatibility for HSPA+42. In addition, the Ativ S packs in a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash, and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.

Taking full advantage of new software capabilities announced for Windows Phone 8 in June, there’s a microSD card and support for NFC (think file-sharing and, soon, payment). Samsung has also added a very large 2,300mAh battery that should promise longer life, and 1GB of RAM. It’ll come in 16GB and 32GB storage versions, and will feature a host of Samsung apps, like the Music Hub and the Media Hub for the U.S. market.

The Ativ S will go head-to-head with Nokia’s first Windows 8 phone, which the phonemaker is slated to announce at an event next week. Nokia lately upped its rivalry with Samsung over consumers’ Windows Phone affections, with Nokia warning Samsung to “take note” of the next Lumia release.

 

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