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New hands on video of the Samsung ATIV S compares it to the Galaxy S3

We know a lot of you are excited for the Samsung ATIV S and we have to admit, after watching the above video, we can see why.

While the 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display is certainly drool worthy, we’re more excited about that super thin, metal body that looks like a dream to hold.

The video, captured by the site Ferra.ru, compares the device to its sibling, the Galaxy S3 and although the devices are similar in many ways, we’re going to say the ATIV S actually one ups that device in terms of pure design.

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Now that's thin

Unfortunately, the Korean handlers would not allow the reviewer to boot up the device, having removed the battery but we do get to see how the backcover comes off, the battery itself and get an idea of the build quality. Speaking of, we love it when he knocks the phone on the side and here how solid it sounds—that’s what people want in a phone these days.

Anyway, watch above. Comment below. Did this video tempt change your mind at all? 

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Source: Ferra.ru; Thanks, Relief, for the link!

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New hands on video of the Samsung ATIV S compares it to the Galaxy S3

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Why do people keep saying this is a T-Mobile phone? It doesn't even support their HSPA band last time I checked the specs.
 
This is just an international version.

Maybe because it is for T-mobile. I've read from multiple sources that it supports HSPA+, and this matches the rumors for their new flagship device for WP8.

The back cover is plastic!? Screw that. I thought it was actually some kind of metal. Typical crappy Samsung build.

It's a thin, brushed metal with a plastic layer below it. I think it if were solid "steel" like the Arrive, it'd be quite heavy.

The arrive is good but the paint on the back cover goes off after 1-2 months. I dont se my windows logo at the bottom anymore. And the letters HTC are fallen out in the same period 1-2 months from a new buyed device. A got a new cover for free from htc but the same thing happened with it. I hope this is not gonna happen with this samsung. The failure is in the htc that the letters are glued with a "cheap" glue in carved holes, witch doesnt stand against the heat from the battery and the sweat from the hands.

Isn't the Titan solid metal? I'd much rather that instead of plastic. My Titan is indeed a little bit heavier than a GS3, but it feels a lot sturdier.

I was ready to hump something when I though the AVIT had a metal frame, no more chub.  My HTC Radar has a unibody brushed aluminum chassis.  I get 4mbs where people with ICS (Android 4.0) get 2mbs & IOS gets 0.  And my phone has a good weight and feels like a beer can at my fingertips, so it's VERY rare that I drop it!!  =)  On those rare occassions, it's usually been on asphalt or concrete, and even one time, from a moving vehicle.  My screen is STILL intact.
 
PLEASE give us a metal frame with a slide in battery, or even built-in, with hard rubber plugs for SD, SIM, etc...  WP doesn't need frequent battery swaps like Android does.  IOS is getting a metal chassis.  WP8 should too!!
I'm not eligible for upgrade on T-Mobile until 12/13, but rest assured, when the OEM brings the device with the stuff I crave, It'll be mine....

I'm with you. Typical low quality approach to a premium spec phone. I want a premium build quality to match premium spec.
 
Only Nokia currently get it right.

  1. Great build quality
  2. Style that differentiates itself from the crowd of non descript black slabs
  3. They will be releasing dual core 1.5ghz devices
  4. Their premium phones will match the Ativ S (1GB of Ram and a 4.5 and greater screen etc).
  5. Best of all the best call/signal quality of any manufacturer globally.

So does WP8 still not support HDMI out, or what?  I know there's going to be some sort of remote desktop display on a PC, but that doesn't help when someone wants to display photos or a video to a TV.

True, and most have a networkable TV, and can use UPNP to stream content to.  Samsung has their app, so does Nokia.  I'm not sure about HTC.

+15,994,850,000,000, approx the US National debt per http://www.usdebtclock.org/, as I write this.  I'm darn near broke.  I'm the guy that designed new neighborhoods, the roads, the utilities, the parks, the house, even the 7-11 on the corner where you buy milk Sunday morning.  Now, I'm fortunate enough to work as a CSR for Sprint, who doesn't even have a WP, the Arrive has EOL status now.  My best/only TV is a 37" Sanyo, PC is an E-machine on XP, both 4+ years old.  I get creative with an FM transmitter.  My WP IS my luxury.  That and cheap whiskey, which I find to be more of a necessity.  Rather that than Xanax.  =P

Of course.  Everyone I know has a flat screen TV.  Mostly only flat screen TVs bought in the last year or two are networked though (if you're not talking about the super high-end stuff).  How often do you think people buy TVs though?  Just because it's a flat panel doesn't mean it's networked and has DLNA.  On top of that, just because a TV is networkable doesn't mean that people are actually going to CONNECT it.  Not everyone has a Cat5 jack behind their TV.  Besides that, HDMI output lets you display whatever you're doing on the phone on a TV screen, and DLNA only lets you stream certain types of pictures/music/videos.  The current iteration of SmartGlass doesn't change that (I've been saying for a while that one of the features of WP8 and Windows 8 needs to be something like Airplay Mirroring to an Xbox, but that's not actually currently there).  And I do happen to have a networkable TV (it's a waste, I don't even bother connecting it since I'm forced to use the TV speakers) and a 360, but that doesn't really help if I go to visit my parents or something and they want to see pictures that I've taken, since their 60" HDTV is a little too old to have networking capabilities.

I'm right there with you jhoff80. I used to have an XBOX...then it crapped out on me...maybe get one when the 720 comes out. But until then, I don't have a DLNA tv etc...so HDMI out would be ideal. And basically 2 out of the 100 people I can think of with decently new tvs dont have DLNA...so hmdi out would be great! And who ever wants to snub their nose at us who dont have one can eat it...not all of us are that fortunate to buy brand new product all the time.

So the back cover is metallic like?  It looked as if he was able to bend it, so that means it's plastic, yes?

Except that the Guy says in russian the word "plastic" when he bends it. Listen and here it for yourself.

Lol!  Well, I asked a question, and you 'retort' with a question. 
 
The second sentence of your 'reply' would have sufficed.  Really :)
 

All the galaxy s2 and 3 phones have that thin plastic back. Just like my focus s. Samsungs are funny in that the build quality is actually greater than the sum of the parts. All that thin plastic makes you assume it is built like a toy and will fall apart, but in practice they are extremely well put together and durable. I used a focus a for the last year and recently picked up a lumia 900... But truth be told, as much as I love the Nokia, I sometimes miss the thin and light feel of the Samsung.

Agreed.  I think for anyone who has lived with a Focus S, they would know that the flexible back piece is not a big deal at all.  The build quality is so good, and everything fits together so snugly, that you forget you can even take it apart.  After a year of ownership, the glossy parts are still glossy, the screen is unscratched, and there is not a hint of flex or even pocket crud anywhere on the phone (way more than I can say for my supposedly durable Blackberry Bold).  It is a solid design, and if Samsung has continued that level of quality, the Ativ S should also be a solid phone.
The only reason I am still considering a Nokia above the Ative S is Nokia Drive.

Nokia Drive's main features are coming to all WP8 devices. I was holding out for that too but now that I know what the deal is, Nokia's only chance with me is a comparable high end device on T-mobile.

I do like the design. Thin, metal case, sexy. ;-). I just want to know who i should switch too, carrier. Since sprint is shite

I was hoping for an externally-accessible microSD slot. I don't know if I'd want to pull the cover off all the time. Of course, if the mass storage mode works and is fast, there might be no need to remove the card to put into a PC on a regular basis.

That, sir, is an excellent point. Removeable microSD is supposed to be one of the benchmark additions to the WP8 OS. I'm going to wait for a model that you can pop it in and out.

Why would you be popping the back on and off. I don't get it, stick 32gb card in the back, sorted. Or are you having to open the back every day just in case the microSD Fairy has snatched it!!!

As much as I LOVE my 900, that's one sexy phone. It'll be tough call between Samsung and Nokia(better come big). I can't wait to try them all out before I buy!

Umm maybe because the author asked a question at tue end of the article that makes his response relevant.

Nope: like Balmer who says "Metro, metro, metro!!!" im saying Nokia! Nokia! NOKIA!!! Samsung is never getting near my money.

Same here and it will be the last choice for me if I want to get a WP8. I had a bad experience with Samsung when I used Android Vibrant with a messed up GPS from the start and when the replacement came in it has the same problem.

You said it, Android..... Any phone with android on will have some kind of issues in general. Samsungs wp7 devices have no issues

im guessing this, but i think with the huge under the hood changes with wp8 sharing that kernal, it can read upto 128gb ? i think it depends on the Soc chip as well idk

This is going to be a VERY attractive phone in consumers eyes. Looks very solid so if it feels solid it will grab peoples attention and just turn it on.

Very good phone. Hope Sammy advertises this very well. More similarly to the s3 campaign. Oh and on multiple carriers

Everybody keeps complaining about samsungs build quality but I rather have a phone that won't shatter or dent when u drop it. For example my iPhone 4, I still haven't got the back glass replaced. Keep in my mind it shattered in an otterbox defender. I floss my 900 and its been dropped a few times by the kids and still looks like day one. Only the chrome around the camera is a bit scratched. The ativ definitely looks premium and u can't beat a Samsung display. I think they've done right by WP with this. I'm definitely gonna stick with Nokia but I'm not gonna dog the ativ either. My wife has the focus S and she wants the ativ like yesterday. U can keep your glass and metal, they break and dent.

Your dead on with your statement, and I like you will not bash Samsung because they were the earliest adaptor of WP. This can only be good for the platform, I believe that the surface has really had the impact MS intended it to have. I also am recanting my statement the I like the connector at the top of the phone for in car charging purposes; with the charger at the bottom it allows accessory makers to expand the docks, charging based to be truly universal (One design will work for multiple brands....Apple, Android, and WP). This will keep their manufacturing cost down and stop the i-accoessory only blitz theirby loosening the grip Apple has in that arena......It's a two-headed attack approad......it's on now!!!!

Even though you're dead on I'm still gonnabash it:) Sammy is like a vulture... Just like some sportfans.. Whoever wins;) They're just doing enough so Microsoft won't getpissed. When WP takes off they'll barf out phones and be the biggest supporter of WP. Rule Nokia and Pureview!

Well, possibly, but we live in a capitalist society.  Of course the OEMs (corporations, read "businesses') are going to try and sell whatever is best for their bottom line (read "profits").  How many Chevy or Dodge dealers shut down a few years ago because of the imports market share? We said goodbye to Saturn, Pontiac, Oldsmobile why??  Because of marketshare.  I hate to break it to you, but business, especially "BIG" business, is nothing more than a popularity contest, you remember high school, right?  WP is like that really cute punk rock/goth/emo/"insert any other 'alternative' chick that the "cool" kids wanted to hang out with, but were afraid to.  This is true of all the OEM's be it HTC, LG, Samsung & Nokia, well Nokia outed themselves in a BIG way like coming to school naked would.  Nokia just came with big knockers (ladies, no offense, just an analogy).
The best part of this news is that one of the, no,  THE biggest player out there has a mind towards the future.  The fact that they have a WP device ready NOW, means months & months of R & D.  This didn't happen overnight, and surely not since the infamous verdict.  This means, hopefully, that WP will get a fair shake into the mainstream.  Which is NOT bad news for us WP faithful.  Exposure is the key for growth, and there, I can all but guarantee, will be a A+++++ marketing effort behing this launch.  Otherwise, why have all those R&D, retooling, & sourcing expenditures??
I love my HTC Radar on T-Mobile and is my one TRUE luxury.  I love T-Mobile, especially with TRULY unlimited data coming Wednesday 9/5, Oooooh GREAT day!!  I plan to be there for a while.
WP is, for the most part, uniform across platforms (read "phone manufacturers").  Hardware specs don't matter much to the average consumer, but to the technophiles suxh as we are.  What matters most in the end is shelf space, and in-store sales reps with the incentive (it's rumored they get extra commission on Andriod devices, I am a CSR for Sprint) and the wherewithal to show that WP device before an ICS, (Android),  IOS or (coming soon) BB10 device, as it will be the best & obvious choice for the greater majority of their customers (think your grandma, auntie, uncle or even your little cousin).  I used to sell vacuums (Kirby & Rainbow both) door to door, and the thought process is that people will believe whateverer it is you tell them, as long as you say it with conviction.  My auntie got a Droid Razor, and didn't even know what she had (thank you salesman, rrrrr).
I say "Hooray" for the bandwagon!!  Get WP into the spotlight!!  The consumers will follow, thus:
1.  increasing the marketshare,
2.  attracting the DEV's attention to create more apps (awesome),
3.  giving OEMs the incentive to further tap into that market, forcing their hand into spending money on R&D, product development, and providing us (customers) with newer & better products that rock the $h!t out of anything Apple or Google can offer (Super-Duper awesome).
In sports, jumping on the bandwagon is detestable.  This is business people!!  Giving people what they want, or even better yet, telling them what they want/need, especially if they don't know any better, that's Marketing 101 my friends!!!!!
Anyone else agree??
Please,  if anyone has an objection to my very obvious logic, then I welcome your retort, and will reply in kind, same holds true for an agreeable comment.
 

I'd like to see what HTC comes up with. And then I'll go with whichever is easier to  jailbreak.

Kinda like the iphone 3-3GS-4-4S, and for that matter the stretched iphone 5, I mean 4SS (Slim Stretched). The only differences will be the the display is 4-4.3", the connector change and maybe that ugly paint job rendering that's been going around.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but it actually looks pretty good. Much better looking than S3. Nokia has work cut out for them, let's hope they don't disapoint.

Agreed !! You gotta hand it to Samsung, they clearly went all out and gave us windows phone peeps a far superior phone to the galaxy s III...and I for one am super excited!! Look at the speaker, the design, the metal finish, the smoother lines, Samsung is REALLY serious for once and I have a feeling they are going to have alot of buyers. HOWEVER, That render of the potential HTC phone, the purple one, definately has my interests peaked too!! Its gonna be a great year!!!

I want a high end WP8 device and seeing how Nokia isn't placing one on T-MO and I'm not leaving T-MO for AT&T . Not with the family plan I have so the sammy is in my pocket on day one. I own one HTC HD7 and 4 Nokia Luma 710 the HD7 is #4 replacement it will be a very long time before I ever look at another HTC device again.

I'm liking the metal body.  I think this phone looks better than the Galaxy S3.  So I just have to wait to see what Nokia brings to the table, but right now I'm leaning toward the Ativ S.  However Samsung has down as well as Nokia with their app eco.

No. The whole thing is not plastic. Even Samsung official website says it's not plastic. If they say it was aluminuim but it's actually plastic then they can be sued for lying. So it's actually aluminum.

So the phone is aluminum but the cover is plastic? I wished we could read whatever that language is in that article. In the video the cover "appeared" plastic and the guy even said "plastic" when he bent it. Not a deal breaker but loses half a notch imo. Phone looks superb though.

That is just what he is saying that it's not plastic... as he was tapping the back of both and saying how this is not plastic like this one.

Saw another video with an actual translation and he actually is saying its plastic with a metal finish.  He said that was different from the plastic finish of the S3.
 
Would have been nicer if it had been aluminum.

Guys, i know russian and when he touched the Ativ's back cover he said that it's the same plastic as on the S3.

Beautiful device. Plastic back is ok with me. I prefer a light weight device myself. Thin is also what I look for too. However, I'm waiting for Nokia's line. I like the 900 too.

I currently own a Galaxy S 3 and honestly this might be the perfect sized screen, I've owned a 2.8", 3.1", 3.2", 3.5", 3.7", 4.0", 4.3", and a 4.5" screen. I really enjoyed my HD7 and it's 4.3" screen however Windows Phone 7.5 did not feel polished enough. Because of the GS3's 4.8" screen I have been able to stop carrying around with me my 10 inch tablet for work. As long as Microsoft has worked on the functionality of Windows Phone 8, this could really be a very useful and popular phone. However my only gripe is I think they should have picked a more catchy name than Ativ for their global WP8 branding. If they plan on trying to develop the Ativ name like they have the Galaxy brand name they should have went with something that was a little bit more natural to say. I am pretty sad because I used to love HTC, but now I am starting to become a Samsung fan. Samsung seems to be making all the right moves recently. Who knows maybe I will have an Ativ S in my future.

Isn't it weird that no one lets us see how Windows Phone 8 really is? Has anyone ever seen anything from WP8 besides the new start screen? Has MS told them not to show it until launch, to surprise us?

WHAT THE HELL IS THE DEAL?!

Yeah, that's why they couldn't power it up. The start screen and a few other features are all we're gonna see for now, till probably after Nokia's reveal. Its smart though, keeping features hidden until close to release. Less time for Apple and Android to copy. Plus keeps media starving for every scrap of info they can get. Very Apple-esque strategy which works well

Yeah, that's why they couldn't power it up. The start screen and a few other features are all we're gonna see for now, till probably after Nokia's reveal. Its smart though, keeping features hidden until close to release. Less time for Apple and Android to copy. Plus keeps media starving for every scrap of info they can get. Very Apple-esque strategy which works well.

Isn't it weird that no one lets us see how Windows Phone 8 really is? Has anyone ever seen anything from WP8 besides the new start screen? Has MS told them not to show it until launch, to surprise us?

WHAT THE HELL IS THE DEAL?!

Yes I suspect Microsoft has some kind of deal with Nokia to unveil the software on Nokia's hardware (ie at Nokia's launch event)

I thought there was plenty of vid back in June of Joe Belafore (sp) navigating through the OS. but anyway... What is there to windows phone really but the start screen, an app list and then the inside of the apps themselves. I mean... Its pretty much two pages, right? Not sure what else they will show is unless you just want to ser someone scrolling through the settings. Lol. Don't get me wrong. Love the os, love the simplicity... But it really pretty much is just a start screen.

There's really nothing awe-inspiring to see. The fascinating part is that besides running on the NT kernel, the UI is pretty much identical to WP7. I suspect Microsoft wants to release the SDK and reveal the missing pieces of the WP8 puzzle at the same time. Notice there isn't a single instance where you can currently see beyond the start screen.

Both Higgs Boson and greg2k are wrong. Yes, the UI will look the same mostly. Its the list of added features and functionality that are important. How the text message and email hubs will do more. Have more settings. The Xbox music hub. Picture hub. Office. Maps. Calendar. Local scout. Bing. Search. SkyDrive sync. All of these should have multiple new features each that tie in with the OS. If u think the major changes are the start screen only, u may as well stay with WP7.5 or move to Android.

its way better looking handset compared to galaxy s3 l have to say its a lovely phone but im still waiting for nokia

Agree. Really don't like the shiny metal. What's up with Samsung and shiny materials? Makes them less classy

You should try taking off two apples that is blocking both of your eyes.Then you will see a different video. he he he

Looks like an original iPhone to me.. Sorry but after having an omnia7 for 2 years and getting stuffed on updates and exclusives to Nokia since their wp7 debut, there is no way I'm getting a wp8 unless its Nokia. Sorry Samsung your kits nice but not for me anymore.. However i will say the omnia7 is a great phone and i will be sad to see it replaced in October.

Since the Ativ was released the comments pages here on WPCentral are full of "The Samsung is nice phone but im waiting on Nokia" And i agree, no need to rush out just yet, you got to see what the others have. But if the images, fake or real (no smoke with out fire) of Nokia phones that are appearing on here are real, I'm gonna be buying the Ativ. The Nokia images, again, fake or real, are f~+-*"g hideous.

Here is why I passed on lumia 900, it has the same dimensions as my titan, wait the Lumia is thicker and has a smaller screen. Thinner is better. At least a big factor for me.

I don't like that the back is plastic, a usual Samsung shortcut, but man is this a good looking phone. I'm on Tmo so I'll just have to wait for Nokia and HTC and then choose

Anyone saying they see an Apple product is wrong. They are seeing what Apple wishes it's product looks like. They just aren't going to expand the Uphone line out that fast when it is making so much money. Thus Samsung Ativ S is seriously a beautiful phone. I am really impressed. Same as I am with the Nokia pics I saw today here on WP Central.

I was thinking Nokia all the way but this will have 4.8 and the nokia is rumored to be 4.3 or 4.5. if the phones are close I'll go with the bigger screen.  also did the Ativ look not as wide as the S3?

After this video, this device growed on me =o as for galaxy s3, still no. I loved the sound when he smacked the device to the table how solid the sound was. I think Samsung should've called it galaxy 8

Maybe because it is for T-mobile. I've read from multiple sources that it supports HSPA+, and this matches the rumors for their new flagship device for WP8.

So it basically comes down to three choices for the 1st batch of high end WP8 handsets:
Nokia 920:     Standard specs + Dual-Core + 4.5" display + 21 mp PureView/Rich Recording
HTC Zenith:   Standard specs + Quad-Core + 4.8" display + 12 mp camera + Beats Audio
Samsung ZTIV S:  Standard spens + Dual-Core + 4.8" display + 8 mp camera
 
It shouldn't be too hard to make a pick.  I can't imagine there is a soul on this planet would pass PureView for something less.  Deep down, I really like to have a Quad-Core Lumia with 41mp Pureview.  But I can't wait.  I also like to have a 4.3" display which is the sweet spot design size for smartphone.  But I can accept 4.5" for the PureView sake.
 

People we are all fans of windows phone why are Nokia fans bashing HTC and Sammy and why are HTC and Sammy fans bashing Nokia we are still supporting the same Os come on people let up seriously and dig what you dig

It's too bad Samsung didn't design it with a black front face plate. I think the AMOLED screens always look way better that way because the blacks in the screen are true black and would really blend in with the frame

Why didn't they use the Exynos CPU from the international Galaxy S3? Not so much because of the quad core, but the Mali GPU outperforms the GPU in the Qualcomm dual core SOC.

I have to throw my comment in that this looks to be a phenomenal device. I'm still waiting to get my hands on it AND the Nokia lineup before deciding.

I like the way Samsung has built there phones. Having owned several Samsung phones and my most recent, a Samsung Focus, and having dropped them all so many times I can't count anymore, I like how the "cheap plastic" phones seem to me to be the most durable. I've watched in horror multiple times as my Focus has bounced and skipped along concrete/asphalt, the backplate cover and battery exploding in multiple directions, and always with absolutely no protective case. There are many scars on the plastic body to prove it, but the phone still works great, aside from a waning battery life.

I compare my anecdotal experience with those of iPhone owners I happen to know, and nearly all them have had a catastrophic drop, cracked screens, and even an exploded battery in an aging 3GS.

I like the look, it seems slick as long as it's not cheap feeling, I would look at it. The removable battery is HUGE with me, as a phone never lasts as long as it should.  That feature might even block Nokia out for me.
 
Sharp looking phone, as the S3 was a nice looking phone. I'm sure Verizon wont get this so I wont get a chance to get it anyway.

I'm warming up to this phone somewhat even though I don't want an "S3". I'm on Verizon so like previously mentioned it probably won't be going there.
Definitely going to wait for something from Nokia and then HTC or some other Samsung before deciding on what will meet my needs. I sure hope the 4.5" Nokia Pureview lands on Verizon. 4 more days.....
 

I really hope Samsung flexes some of their new found muscle and releases the ativ s in the same configuration across all three carriers just like the did with the galaxy sIII. I say three because sprint is just completely betraying their customers who are fans of windows at the moment. I wish sprint would a pretty sizable chunk of their customer base switch away at the time of the wp8 release to show them.how badly they are dropping the ball. I know it isn't that simple but it would be a good message really to all carriers who show such shortsightedness.

**we’re more excited about that super thin, metal body that looks like a dream to hold.**
to bad its PLASTIC made to look like Metal as the guy says in the vid.
but still siick looking phone!!! So far my  choise for wp8!