Samsung rumored to announce Windows Phone 8 Ativ-S (aka Odyssey) today
File this under: Expected.
Currently the IFA show is occurring in Germany right now and we have our team on the ground for live coverage throughout the day. As somewhat expected, Samsung is presumed to be showing off a Windows Phone 8 device, specifically the Ativ-S.
The name Ativ-S was revealed yesterday as the new lineup from Samsung for forthcoming Windows Phone 8 series. The name Ativ (which is oddly ‘Vita’ backwards) looks to be the codenamed Odyssey that T-Mobile US is rumored to be stocking this fall.
Featuring a 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and 8MP rear-camera and 2MP front-facing camera, the news from the Verge actually adds very little, just confirms what we have previously known. In other words, Samsung did indeed take the Android-based Galaxy S3 and swap out the OS for Windows Phone 8--not exactly a shock.
The device is rumored to be unveiled later tonight during the Samsung press conference. We’ll have a live blog of that event so make sure you tune in live for our coverage (Samsung will also probably announce new Android wares too).
Our quick thoughts? This is exactly what we expected from Samsung and is of little surprise.
Source: The Verge
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It is good to see T-Mobile (possibly) getting some highend WP devices. Nothing wrong with the Radar and the 710, they just aren't flagship phones.
Can't wait to see what the "Big 3" bring to the party. I do expect though, that all 3 will be reusing previous designs and just slightly tweaking them and bumping the specs.