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Samsung to introduce dual-core 'Marco' and 'Odyssey' Windows Phone 8 hardware at launch

Samsung Apollo Hardware

Samsung are set to unveil dual-core hardware when Windows Phone 8 launches, according to documentation acquired by The Verge. The two listed Windows Phones are included in court documents submitted as part of the trial Samsung has against Apple. Both devices are stated to be packing the Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset, which is a dual-core 1.5Ghz CPU that Microsoft has been using for Apollo test devices.

According to the documentation (see above snapshot), the Samsung Odyssey will sport a 4.65" S-AMOLED display (with HD resolution) and an 8MP main rear-shooter. It is also marked as supporting NFC, a feature which is currently being marketed on the Nokia Lumia 610. It would seem that OEMs will attempt to include such functionality to further expand on the possibilities of NFC on the Windows Phone platform.

The Samsung Marco, on the other hand, will pack a 4" S-AMOLED display (with WVGA resolution), accompanied by a 5MP camera. Both Windows Phones will be ready for LTE usage and will be launching in Q4 2012 if the documentation is accurate.

With Apollo just around the corner (which fits into the launch timeframe supplied by this documentation), it's good to see Samsung on-board with Microsoft and preparing to throw high-end hardware into the mix. We'll be attending Nokia World this coming September to see what the Finnish handset maker has to offer to combat these proposed devices.

What do you make of the Odyssey and Marco? Would you purchase one? Let us know in the comments.

Source: The Verge; thanks, ShipWreck, for the tip!

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