Samsung ATIV S Windows Phone announced at IFA

Last night in Berlin Samsung announced a whole load of new devices. The new Galaxy Note II which looks like a big Galaxy SIII, a Galaxy Camera which looks amazing and the Windows Phone 8 Ativ S which again looks amazing. Here we have a quick look at the ATIV S  Windows Phone 8 device. Whilst the spec sounds similar to what other WP8 OEMs have mentioned this really does look like a nice device. Mention of a micro SDXC slot is the most interesting feature in the list.

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the spec for the ATIV S is ad follows:

  • Network – HSPA+ 42Mbps 850/900/1900/2100MHz EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • Processor – 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • Display – 4.8 inch (121.9mm ) HD Super AMOLED
  • OS – Windows Phone 8
  • Camera – Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera
  • Video – Codec: H.263, H.264, WMV, MP4, M4V, MOV
  • Full HD(1080p) Playback & Recording
  • Audio – Codec: MP3, WMA, MP4, M4A, AAC
  • 3.5mm Ear Jack
  • Sharing Features – Tap + Send (File sharing with NFC and BT/Wi-Fi)
  • Samsung Family Story
  • Content Features & Services
  • Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service
  • Samsung Hub – Music Hub – Media Hub (US only) – Samsung Zone (in Windows Phone Marketplace)
  • Photo Editor
  • Mini Diary
  • Now (Daily Briefing)
  • GPS, A-GPS & Glonass
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 3.0
  • USB 2.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Channel Bonding
  • NFC
  • Sensors – Proximity, Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Ambient Light, Gyroscope
  • Memory – 16/32GB User memory + 1GB RAM
  • microSD (SDXC support)
  • Dimension – 137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7 mm, 135g
  • Battery – Standard battery, Li-ion 2,300mAh

Key points here for me are the micro SDXC card, large battery, decent camera and NFC. It sure looks like a contender to the upcoming Nokia and HTC WP8 devices.

The full press release for the ATIV S is below:

BERLIN, Germany – August 29, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced its brand-new ATIV devices based on the Windows 8 for Smart PCs, tablets and Windows Phone 8 for smartphones.
With the introduction of Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating systems, Samsung introduces “ATIV”, the new brand for its Windows-based devices. ATIV, the reverse order of the word VITA, meaning “Life” in Latin, is a pledge by Samsung to make everyone’s life extraordinary with excitement. The full range of Windows-powered devices will enable this goal. Today Samsung introduces ATIV SMART PC, ATIV Smart PC Pro, ATIV Tab, and ATIV S, a full range of ATIV devices. Samsung is one of very few companies that is capable of offering such a diverse product lineup and is committed to offering more choices based on the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms for consumers.
“Samsung is delighted to introduce a wide portfolio of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8-powered devices. With our leadership in design and technology and Microsoft’s leadership in operating systems, together we are able to provide customers with a full range of ATIV devices for cross-category convergence,” said Seong Woo Nam, Executive Vice President of IT Solutions Business at Samsung Electronics.
“Samsung is a highly valued partner and it’s great to see this investment in a global brand for its Windows-based Smart PCs, tablets, and phones,” said Nick Parker, corporate vice president, OEM, Microsoft. “This gives us an increased opportunity to inspire our customers with excitement and confidence as they enjoy Windows experiences across their beautiful Samsung devices, including entertainment scenarios, mobile productivity and cloud services.”
Samsung’s ATIV devices are simple, powerful, and beautiful. The Windows operating system is sleek, intuitive and compatible across devices. Together Samsung and Microsoft will provide users with an advanced, productive and creative experience with its ATIV devices. Its full lineup is designed for a simple user experience to share your work and ideas as well as enjoy consuming content.
Furthermore, Samsung’s Windows devices are enhanced with Samsung’s own unique services and content. Samsung Family Story provides fun and intuitive content sharing. Samsung’s ChatON service complements Microsoft’s popular People Hub to provide a wide range of social communication options across these versatile devices.
Samsung ATIV S: Smartphone with maximized PC experience
Samsung ATIV S is a new smartphone for both work and entertainment featuring Windows Phone 8.. ATIV S brings a stunning hairline design and high performance with a range of content-sharing and productivity options. Its impressive 1.5GHz dual-core processor and HSPA+42 connectivity enable great browsing performance and high responsiveness even for the most demanding gaming or work applications. Users can enjoy the brand new Windows Phone 8 experience on the ATIV S’s stunning 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display.