Verizon and Samsung announce ATIV Odyssey Windows Phone. Due out in the coming weeks.
Well, it’s official. Verizon and Samsung today have announced the ATIV Odyssey Windows Phone coming to the CDMA carrier “in the coming weeks”. The 4” device is expected to fill in the entry-level range for Windows Phone 8 on Verizon and will also be a “global phone”.
The phone will be on display at Samsung’s booth during CES when the floor opens tomorrow, which means of course we’ll get some hands on time with it very soon (we may be even able to sneak in a peek later tonight at PepCom).
Head past the break for the full presser.
SAMSUNG MOBILE launches its FIRST Windows PHONE 8 smartphone in THE U.S. with Verizon wireless
Samsung ATIV Odyssey™ features Super AMOLED display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 4G LTE connectivity
LAS VEGAS, NV – January 7, 2013 – From the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States and the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide1, today announced the Samsung ATIV Odyssey™ will be available in the coming weeks at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online.
The ATIV Odyssey boasts a brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLED™ touchscreen display (800x480) that allows users to watch movies, view pictures and play games in high resolution. This compact, versatile smartphone is Global Ready™, giving users the ability to call and email from more than 220 countries in the world. The ATIV Odyssey is equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor to quickly access the Internet, stream music and download content at blazing speeds using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.
The ATIV Odyssey runs on the sleek and intuitive Windows Phone 8 operating system, the only one with Live Tiles, designed to keep you closer to the people and things that matter most. The ATIV Odyssey also features unique Samsung sharing applications such as Photo Editor, Mini Diary and Now, an application that provides weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly.
The ATIV Odyssey is enterprise ready with enhanced security features to offer customers an extremely powerful business tool that keeps sensitive company data secure. Security solutions include advanced Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® features and policy control and on-device AES 256-bit encryption.
For more information about the ATIV Odyssey, visit www.samsung.com. To learn more about pricing and wireless plans available for the ATIV Odyssey, visit www.verizonwireless.com.
Key Product Features:
- Super AMOLED™ Display (WVGA 800x480)
- 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and full 1080p recording and 1080p playback
- Front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera for video chat
- Global Ready calling and email capabilities in more than 220 countries in the world
- Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11 a/b/g/n)
- 8 GB on board storage (actual formatted capacity is less)/ 1 GB RAM
- Support for up to 64 GB microSD™ card
- 2100 mAh battery
- Photo Editor – Edit photos (crop, rotate, resize, etc.) and adjust colors (contrast, RGB and hue) instantly; users can also add effects such as Pop Art, gray-scale, fixed red eye and add decorations that include frames, stickers, etc. and share on Facebook, Picasa and Photobucket.
- Mini Diary – Contains daily activities, photos and drawings; users can share their diary via social channels including Facebook, email, Picasa and Photobucket; users can back up and store information in the free cloud service SkyDrive.
- Now – Provides weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly
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EDIT: It seems the Samsung should have a better battery life, I just want to know if anybody has any idea (approximate) of what difference I can expect with the 1,800 in the Lumia vs. the 2,100 in the Samsung. This would be for my mom, first smartphone, less concern with Nokia apps, etc. My girlfriend's Lumia 822 has a bit of a disappointing battery life.
This community drives me nuts as of late. First it was "specs don't matter, the OS is sooo smooth" and now it's "where are the specs?!?!?!!" Which is it? If the OS is smooth, why do specs matter? If the phone boots up and runs great, why do specs matter? I miss the old posters who spent more time in interesting discussion and less time complaining.
I have an HTC Trophy. It's a single core, "low spec'd" phone. Guess what? It runs the OS just fine. No, it's not as nice as the Lumia 900, or the new Windows Phone 8 devices, but it works for me until I can upgrade later this month. I don't need a phone with "moar corez" to make me feel better about myself, or do 99% of the things I do on a phone. And I'd say my type of usage is similar to most people out there - playing a few games, checking email, web browsing, phone calls, texts, and some mapping -, aka not the power users (who probably should be on Android anyway).
Almost all Windows Phone 8 devices are pretty decent, even this Samsung Ativ Odyssey. I think it's a great looking little phone for a first time smartphone user/buyer such as my mom. Good sized battery (this is huge to many people), decent sized vibrant screen, light, solid build, expandable memory. No frills, no gimmicks but still runs the OS smoothly with almost no problems. An established name in Samsung. Free to cheap on contract pricing. Sounds like a winner to me. I don't get the complaints, hitting the "low end" is huge for Windows Phone. It's where Android continues to win.
"(800x480) . . . high resolution"
I'm sorry, what? HD starts at 1280x720, Samsung.