Specs for Verizon’s Samsung Odyssey Windows Phone leak confirming mid-range status

Although Verizon and Samsung were not able to release the Odyssey on the network for December as had been expected, we’re quite confident we’ll finally see the device in the coming weeks, including a sneak peek at CES next week.

The specifications for the device have now come to our attention via an internal data sheet for Verizon. While some were really hoping that the Odyssey will be Verizon’s version of the ATIV S that unfortunately was never our understanding and the specs reflect that notion. The device instead will be positioned as entry-level, reportedly going for free on contract when it finally hit shelves.

Samsung ATIV Odyssey

  • Dimensions – 4.82H x 2.51W x 0.43D
  • 4.0” WVGA Super AMOLED
  • 5MP Rear (1080P video)
  • 1.2MP Front (720P video)
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB internal, microSD expansion
  • 2100mAh replaceable battery; no wireless charging
  • MSM8960 Dual core 1.5 GHz

All in all, the Samsung ATIV Odyssey won’t blow the doors off of the market but then again, it’s not meant to. Rather it’s for those looking for a no-frills but solid Windows Phone experience.

We’re confident that Verizon and Samsung will show this device off next week in Las Vegas during CES 2013 and we’ll be sure to get hands on and more info at that time. Thanks, First Last, for the info!


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Specs for Verizon’s Samsung Odyssey Windows Phone leak confirming mid-range status


Man, does Verizon have to plaster their ugly-ass logo in the front and back? Doesn't help the phone's already mediocre look, you know?

So far Verizon has given Zero incentive to upgrade to their WP8 line of devices from the HTC Trophy. I will continue to hold off until a device similar to the Lumia 920 comes to the carrier, or jump ship to another provider.

Couldn't agree more. I'm eager to jump to WP8 from iOS but not having a 920-esque device on VZW is like a tease.

I've been using the Lumia 822 and have been very pleased with it.  The size is manageable, and the device looks better than the pics make it out to be.  I know it is missing "the" camera of the 920, but the rest of the Nokia experience is there, plus I have a 64GB SD card installed so I've got all the room I need for my media and then some.  Just my $0.02... ;-)

I had the Lumia 822 for one month and ended up returning it because the call quality and speaker quality is horrendous.
I really tried to enjoy this device, switched from an 2 yr old iPhone 4.

Unfortunately, no global phone search function on the Windows 8 device, coupled with a poor calendar app, and the call quality on the 822 made me decide to return to my old iPhone 4. I really iked the windows phone 8 feel and operating system, but until those things are fixed - i just can't deal with it.
the saddest part of this system is that the calendar they use is so terrible. They want this to be a business centric device but you can't even see your weekly or monthly schedule from the app month view. The items show up unreadable unless you zoom to day view...for business people who are tied to their calendar.... forget about it.

Well the rumours are Nokia has something special planned with Verizon. It cant be more than six months after the launch of the l920, but we will have to wait to see if the rumours are true

It seems as though Verizon is simply taking the conservative approach to Windows Phone - they only had the Trophy initially, and sales may have been 'just OK'; so they are easing into WP8 - willing to give the OS a fair shot by offering decent devices and gauging demand.  Makes sense to me.

Same here. Waiting until April (contract expires) I'll see what's out then. And if it's worth upgrading. I really want a phone like the 920. I already know I'm getting a Nokia. Just not the 822.

My brother has the Trophy and I have the 822.  The 822 may not look like an upgrade to you, but side by side, there is no comparison.  The 822's screen, speed, having WP8, and just being a much nicer looking device just blows the doors off the Trophy.  

I wonder if Samsung has something against manufacturing aesthetically impressive phones. This looks meh, ie, typical Samsung. Just my opinion though.

Hey Daniel the 8S doesn't have the same CPU as other Windows Phone 8 devices availible today. Nor does the 920T.

Bleh. Another entry model. Hero phone or go home. WP has one and android has like what? at least 5? Step it up Windows Phone. The Lumia can't do all the heavy lifting.

The only upside to this simple entry level phone is it has the second largest battery of any WP8 device. Samsung is loading their phones up! 920 has a smaller battery than the Odyssey.

Just moving an unconfirmed rumor from December to "2013."  How did the December rumor work out for people? It is not real on a carrier until it is announced. Nothing has been confirmed here. All you have done is recycle a rumor to a later date and confirmed it by your own authority (AKA the rumor mill said XXXXXXXX so it must be true....)

Shows how loyal WP fans are to hang on to a 1st Gen phone when they have a lot of new Android/iPhones phones out. I will also hang onto mine.

I was holding out for that nice ATIV S that the other carriers got...oh well...8x it is.
I will upgrade after CES, I have been up on VZW, and the Trophy is acting bad.

Tell me again what I'm not getting on my 1 month old 822 that I would get with a 920? Please discount the 920's camera as a feature because I'm a very happy owner of a Nikon D300 with a bunch of Nikon f/2.8 zoom glass.
I have a replacable 1800 mAh battery (vs 1650 on the 820)
I have an interchangable back so I can get wireless charging when the (very desirable to me) DT-910 becomes available.
I've already installed a 64 GB memory card in addition to the built-in 16 GB of storage
I have the super-sensitive touch screen.
I get all the Nokia-only apps.
Oh, and I've enjoyed the use of my 822 for the last month.

About the wireless charger. Go to the Microsoft Store or att.com to purchase the accessory. Look them up on ATT website and see if any of your local att stored have any in stock. Purchased two at an att store last week although sold out online.

I think 822 has only 2 HAAC mics for rich recording, where as 920 has 3 HAAC mics. Different resolution with different screen tech(puremotion). Although I have read some people like 822's clearblack amoled more than 8x's, even when its higher resolution. I think thats about it.

Looks my old Focus, just with a different back.  They should have at least put a 8MP camera like Nokia 810/820/822.  The bigger battery is definitely a nice touch.  This should be a FREE phone on contract or no more than $50 on contract.

I have a theory that Google is paying Samsung to make ugly and lame named Windows devices so people will start hating Windows Phone. Can someone please stop them.???

And there go my hopes for the ATIV S. But after playing with the 8X, I'm not too upset. Just ready for a new phone!

This just means that the new Nokia phone whenever it is announced will be the new Flagship phone on Verizon and possibly in general

I went from a Trophy to an 8x, not sure what you are all blasting on about as its a very nice upgrade in both phone and O/S. Well worth it. I liked my Tropy just fine, but suggesting the 8x isn't a worthy upgrade? I don't get it?!? Unless you're looking for a small tablet to replace your phone with I guess....

I don't find the phone that objectionable. Right now I am using a GSIII on Sprint. But I really miss WP and the fluid, modern UI. I put WP7.8 on my old Focus, no service at the moment, and it reminded me how much nicer the general look and feel is - in my opinion. I also like the smaller size. Maybe time to switch to Verizon...
El Mono

Why does Verizon dumb down the Windows Phone products. This is ridiculous. Looks nothing like the ATIV S that was released last summer. Looks like the 822 is the best phone windows phone  on Verizon.

So what about the ATIV S, that phone was nice phone, with all the features and the same size as the GS3???? How come Verizon cannot release that phone? What/Who are they trying to protect??????

So Verizon is to have two entry phone (while one is free and announced to make a splash and the other could be free but at least has some figures). Sad to see that as Google, Samsung does not believe in Windows Phone or the users of it.
The question remains: if the 822 is currently offered for free with contract and the 8X for $99; will the Odyssey be free and a bag of back covers?

Looks like a good mid-ranger to me. Will be less beefy than the 822... That matters to some. Huge battery compared to the Nokia, which should matter to just about EVERYONE!

This would be the WP8 successor to the much-beloved focus. I'd snap it up over my Ativ S if it was at least QHD resolution. (and yes, I know WP doesn't currently support QHD. An oversight for the small-phone market, IMO.)

Which phone has QHD then? To my knowledge there are only phones with qHD and not QHD!

qHD (960×540)
qHD is a display resolution of 960×540 pixels, which is exactly one quarter of a Full HD (1080p) frame, in a 16:9 aspect ratio.
Similar to DVGA, this resolution became popular for high-end smartphone displays in early 2011. Mobile phones including the HTC SensationHTC Evo 3DMotorola Droid RAZRMotorola Droid Bionic 4G LTE and Motorola Atrix 4G have displays with the qHD resolution, as does the PlayStation Vita portable game system.

QHD (2560×1440)
QHD (Quad HD), also sometimes advertised as WQHD[25] due to its widescreen shape, is a display resolution of 2560×1440 pixels in a 16:9 aspect ratio. It is four times the pixel resolution of the 720p HDTV video standard, hence the name.

That's fine.  Verizon is clearly uncommitted to high end Windows phones.  HTC doesn't cut it.  They just need to lose a fair number of customers to get the clue.  The key to remember is what happened with the Iphone.  Verizon wasn't convinced it would do well.  AT&T doubled their marketshare and Verizon went nowhere.  I guess it's time for a few Verizon marketing execs to get fired and Verizon gets to learn the same lesson all over again.
20 year customer and it's time to wave b'bye.

uhhh YUK!!   R U KIDDING??????????? what the HeL L  is wrong with Verizon??? this phone is pure CRAP and now im seriously thinking of switching carriers after 20 years. No ATIV S....... screw verizon

oh, 4.0" display ? I guess this is not the phone for me. I guess I will wait to see the rumored high end Nokia device (922?) that will come up soon.

I'm looking at getting my mom her first smartphone.  I'm trying to decide between this Samsung and the Lumia 822.  I know Nokia has the nice apps, but I don't know if my mom will use them much.  My question is the battery life.  I noticed the Samsung has a 2,100 mAH battery compared to the 1,800 mAH on the Lumia 822.  Is this a significant difference?