After loss to Apple, Samsung branches out with Windows Phone OS.
Here we are less than a week after the strange verdict from the Apple v Samsung trial in Northern California and Samsung is making news again. This time it is the announcement that they will be selling a smart phone running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8. They are deviating from the very popular Android OS which has resulted in a lot of smart phone sales for them in the past few years. The timing of this announcement at the IFA trade show in Berlin as part of their Unpack Event shows that Samsung has no plans to slow down in releasing products.
The specs on the ATIV S are very similar to the very popular Galaxy S3. Many are not exactly sure how to pronounce the name ATIV S which does not have a version right now that will support CDMA for Verizon and Sprint. More than likely, the US will come to the party late just as with the Galaxy S3. The specs on this have a lot in common with the Galaxy S3. The Samsung ATIV S comes with a 4.8 inch screen, 16 GB / 32 GB models and a 1.5 Ghz processor. Sounds just like the Galaxy S3 here in the US.
At the moment, the memory is listed at 1 GB, but we expect that the US version will come with 2 GB. The 8 megapixel camera is the same as well. It would appear that Samsung took the Galaxy S3 as the starting point for their latest phone announcement, including the thinness of the ATIV S phone. This looks like it will represent a new line and not include the Galaxy name. Could ATIV be the new line name for the Windows Phone 8 enabled phone?
Even the shape of the phone is very similar, though the button at the bottom is a little more square. This looks like it may be a good success for Samsung if Microsoft can generate some more excitement for their Windows Phone OS. It will probably be December before this one starts to hit the shelves here in the US.