In Short

The ATIV S is a smartphone made by Samsung that was announced at IFA 2012. It launched with Microsoft's mobile operating system Windows Phone 8. It was one of three flagship devices at the launch of Windows Phone 8 in late 2012. It competed with the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X.

The Samsung ATIV S has similar hardware to the Galaxy SIII, which is another smartphone from Samsung that run's Google's Android operating system.

On the outside of the ATIV S, you'll find a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display running at 1280 x 720 pixels (306ppi), an 8.0 MP BSI camera on the rear and a 1.9 MP front-facing camera.

Inside the Samsung ATIV S is a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of internal storage that can be expanded with a microSD card, a 2,300 mAh removable battery, NFC and the usual array of smartphone sensors.

The Samsung ATIV S was praised for being a light and fast smartphone, but the design was lambasted for being uninspired.

In mid-November, the Samsung ATIV S received Windows Phone 8 Update 3. The ATIV S is expected to get Windows Phone 8.1 sometime in mid-2014.