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Make no mistake; Samsung isn't taking a huge chance here. The Windows Phone 8 ATIV S is essentially the Samsung Galaxy S3, but running Microsoft's newest mobile OS.
While that's unlikely to win over Android fans, it could well prove appealing to the platform-neutral (or indifferent) contingent. I dare say Windows fans could well be impressed.
Hardware-wise, the phone (Samsung GT-I8750, to use its formal name) is no slouch with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM on board to keep it ticking along nicely. From my limited time testing the device, it did just that - opening several apps and browsing without lag.
It's also about the same depth as the Galaxy S3 too, at just 8.7mm thick (pictured). The Galaxy S3 is 8.6mm thick.
The cameras on the ATIV S are pretty well specified too, with an 8-megapixel one on the rear and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing one for HD video calling.
While it does have on-board photo editing capabilities (pictured), I did find myself missing some of the more advanced photo features found on the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820, even if these are a bit of a novelty.
Storage is provided in 16GB or 32GB capacities and can be augmented through use of a microSD card. This is a good thing. I've seen too many Windows Phones lately that don't provide for expansion, including the Lumia 920 (thankfully the 820 does). There's also 7GB of free SkyDrive storage too.