Samsung announces ATIV S Windows Phone 8 device, looks like a Galaxy S III

Summary:Windows Phone 8 announcements are expected from Nokia next week, but Samsung got the jump on everyone with the ATIV S announcement at IFA today in Berlin.

Samsung announces ATIV S Windows Phone 8 device, looks like a Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III is a fantastic device and appears to be doing well on all major carriers in the US. Today, Samsung revealed the ATIV S Windows Phone 8 device (Windows Phone Team Blog) that looks like a Galaxy S III running the latest Windows Phone OS. It has a very similar form factor to the GSIII, which is to say it looks like a great Windows Phone device.

CNET post on the announcement

The ATIV S (how do you say that word anyway?) includes a raised Windows button in the bottom center, similar to the hardware button on the GSIII and I am a fan of that for easy unlocking and return to the home screen. Specifications for the upcoming Samsung ATIV S include:

  • 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display made from Gorilla Glass 2
  • 1.5 GHz dual core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB integrated memory with a microSD card slot
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • 1.9 megapixel front facing camera
  • 2300 mAh battery

CNET's report states that it will launch with HSPA+ 42 Mbps support, which means it is likely coming to T-Mobile first. As a T-Mobile customer looking for the latest and greatest Windows Phone, I would gladly trade in my GSIII for an ATIV S.

If you used Windows Phone 7, you will know that specs don't mean a whole lot since the OS flies even on older hardware. However, it is nice to see Samsung launching a device with current hardware. We don't have any details on NFC, pricing, or availability, and there are not yet any photos or videos of the new OS in action. I know I can't wait to try out Windows Phone 8 and look forward to seeing where this device launches.

Topics: Mobility, Microsoft, Samsung


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.