Microsoft unveils Samsung ATIV-S Windows Phone 8 device

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The ATIV-S from Samsung featuring Windows Phone 8

Looks like Microsoft wanted to break the news of the new Samsung ATIV-S Windows Phone 8 device as Ben Rudolph just posted his thoughts on the new phone, being unveild today at IFA.

The specs for the device are exactly as reported earlier with the addition of GorillaGlass 2 and either 16GB or 32GB models, both with expandable storage via microSD…

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From the post:

“Inside the crazy-thin 8.7mm brushed aluminum chassis is a huge 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display made from Corning Gorilla Glass 2 (read: tough to break, but still light)and a rundown of killer specs: 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of onboard RAM, and an 8MP autofocus rear camera and 1.9MP front-facing camera. You’ll have the choice of two storage capacities – 16GB or 32GB – and both models have a MicroSD slot for expanded storage. Backing all of this up is a massive 2300mAh battery to keep you rocking all day.”

The brushed aluminium chassis is cerainly a weclome change from the traditional plastic that Samsung uses in their devices and the 4.8” display should make many users quite happy.

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No carriers were announced for the ATIV-S, which may be a good thing as it indicates a wide-availablity amongist many service providers in the coming months.

We’ll hopefully have more hands on later today as IFA continues…

Related: Samsung’s unveiling of the ATIV-S Windows Phone 8 at IFA (Video)

Source: Windows Phone Blog

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Microsoft unveils Samsung ATIV-S Windows Phone 8 device


I would have no problem getting that on AT&T. 
But I am apparently as of 5 minutes ago dead set on the new yellow Nokia bomb dig shit.

If the Galaxy SIII is any indication, i'd put price somewhere between $550-$600. I just wish it was a bit smaller. I could even bump up to 4.5". Personal preference is around the 4.3" range.

OK this phone looks sexyyyyyyyyyyyy, does the front of it remind you of an iPhone though just ofc way bigger?
If this is what Samsung has to offer us, I am licking my chops at what Nokia and others are going to bring to the table.....
Its an exciting day for WP!! woot woot
Edit: Is this phone really going to T-Mobile????

^Unbelievable in the wake of the big law suit with apple.
It looks "nice", but hopefully Nokia will have something more to catch the eye.

I was sold on the new Lumia line but after seeing that brushed aluminum backing along with the 4.8" screen. I don't know... It looks so damn nice.
Difficult decisions ahead.

Pretty nice... much more current than what we've been seeing lately but it seems a little vanilla. I want to see a new Arrive like device with quad core, or maybe a galaxy note for wp8. 

WP7 already supports Samsung SmartTV, so this should as well. I've got an LG Quantum Optimus that connects to my SmartTV via ScanShare without any issue.

I really like it, but I'm waiting to see what Nokia has to offer. Nokia exclusive apps are enough to make me want to stay with them.

agree.  samsung has tried hard this time to use metal.. but it is just boring looking.  they've got no innovation here

This looks like just about every other Samsung phone.  Wish I had that battery capacity though.  My HTC HD7s can barely last a full day of use.

Im liking the brushed aluminum though. I tell you what, I also have an hd7 and I have the same problem as yours. I'm always having to have it on some kind of charger.

haha like everyone at Sbux has their phones always plugged in.  Apple is like single handled increasing green house emissions since everyone needs to charge all the time.

PenTile screen -> no purchase
But at least (when compared with GS3) this is a new design and better materials!

I was really hoping for it to look more like the current S3. This to me is really boring and bland (although anything will after using a lumia 900) Still, I feel as though they could have really done something here and decided not too.Specs are great, but it's nothing more then what we will see form Nokia in the coming days. I suggest everyone hold off, Nokia has design plans up their sleeve that aren't mere copies of existing (or in this case old) designs.

I like the look of this phone but can't agree with more with Nokia and there design plans. Nokia are going all out and its up to the rest to keep up or better them. Still the Samsung, all be it an oldy with the WP8 OS thrown in, is a good looking, good spec phone!

Ha! I love the fact that they've done that to the home/start button because it makes it look like the Galaxy SII. They probably did it just to **** apple off.

Seriously though, why didn't they just make it capacitive like the other buttons.

Man i was thinking about the new lumias but this might have me sold, just have to wait and see what nokia announces.

At last choices. I love my Nokia and was waiting for their new line up but that is a sexy looking phone. Come on HTC and the rest, make my choices even more difficult!

Some people want more storage capacity.  32GB is MORE than enough for the average consumer.  I know some people that would love to have 64GB of storage.  I certainly will be getting a 32GB version, just not sure if it will be a Samsung or Nokia.

Yeah, but I wanted at least 32gb which is y I held onto my focus for so long until it wouldn't connected to the PC and got data connection issues. So with that said I would love the 32gb model and hopefully it supports 64gb or higher microsd cards :D

Oh I completely understand that some people would want more space.  I'm just suggesting that a base of 16GB would be good and adding a 64GB MicroSD or greater might be a wise move.  if you ever need to change phones etc, the bulk of your data would be on your SD card instead of the phone.  I have 8GB avaliable on my 900.  Haven't really missed having all of my music on my phone. Regardless its good to have the option of 16 or 32 to appease the masses.  I'm kinda digging this device, I'll wate until next week when I see in person what Nokia has to offer. 

Because Flash storage is faster than MicroSD.
Because some people prefer to have stuff built-in.
Because options are good.

Looks a lot like an Ipod touch to me, which is the wrong direction for Samsung to be going right now. Especially since the Focus looked nice.

When is the ETA on when this phone could be out?  Octoberish or possibly in September?  Can't wait to see what Nokia has up their sleeves on the 5th ;)

Anybody looking at it and get the feeling it at least don't look as much the same as SIII? I mean its the same device, but I only seen the white version and it looks tacky and ....ugly. This is like a refined SIII...or am I wrong?

looks like the people who wanted the charging connector on bottom got their wish, however, in the car, you will have to have you phonoe upside down in the cup hold instead of right side up for viewing purposes. I does look good and not so plastic, but I wish somehow the could have somehow brought some of the beautiful asthetics to the front face other than the gorgeous home button.

Wow. That is a beautiful phone. I love the brushed metal and the 4.8" screen. Since I'm using the Titan II, I can never go back to anything smaller so this is right in my wheelhouse. If HTC's WP8 Titan isn't impressive, then this will be my next. Wierd though, I seem to be the only one on this site would could care less about Nokia. It's either HTC or Sammy for me.

What I think is so neat...  That the WPx community can talk about what they like in a phone (hardware/vendor) while still having a robust OS/UI in common.  A banal observation, I know, but it just clicked for me as I read this article's comments.  If it is necessary or appropriate to bash (which I feel is my right as a former user of each), iPhone distinguishing factors = black/white, memory and apps installed.  Android, diverse vendors/ hardware and OS sprawl.  We really do have a nice middle ground community.

H3ll to the yes! I'd rock this phone in a millisecond. It's head and shoulders above my wife's HTC Trophy.  We're stuck on Verizon, so I hope this will come to Big Ged.

That is one impressive device, like the specs and the physical hardware button but its Samsung which makes me think twice. I will wait to play with it first before passing judgement.


Same shape as an iPhone and it looks somewhat like one too. Unleash the Apple lawyers... Run!!!!!!

Opps, my bad, MS has a shape cross license agreement... ROTFLOL

GO NOKIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I own a samsung focus and I 'remember' how samsung didn't care about us and was joyfully copying the iphone to it's beloved crapdroid phones!
and this phone looks like an android LOL ....IT'S AN ANDROIDDDDDDD!!!!!!

why do you need to fight everyone for their opinion if you like samsung then its fine im with the rest who is waiting for Nokia and HTC 

Great News Sprint will be major carrier. So all you doubt sprint well seems you all are fools who left sprint to go other providers get nokia. I knew sprint will get it has they know wp8 will be good for them

Wait, wait.  Brushed Aluminum??    No cheap plastic anymore Samsung?   Wow.  Your stock just went up.  Nokia will have to come on strong to get me now, as I don't  really like unibody plastic.

Hoping to see it appear in Bell Mobility's fall/winter line up. My 1st gen Samsung Focus is due for an upgrade.

Looks Fantastic
Just a shame that Outlook Synchronising is still not working properly as notes are still not included.
Have to Stick with Apple until Windows 8 will be  fully functional.
As WP8 is not up to scratch when synchronising  so wont be the tablet software i believe.
I have not found a response yet that would tell when these shortcommings will be implemented.