IFA 2012: Samsung launches Ativ S, the first Windows Phone 8

Samsung is doing IFA with a bang – the Berlin tech show has now seen the Korean manufacturer launch its all-new Windows-powered Ativ series.


Samsung Ativ S


The Ativ S is officially the first Windows Phone 8 device, launching a full week ahead of Nokia's Windows event next Wednesday. Windows Phone 8 finally supports multi-core processors, and the Ativ S sports a dual-core 1.5GHz chip with a comfortable 1GB of RAM. The 4.8-inch screen uses the same HD Super AMOLED tech as the Galaxy Note II, as well as its eight-megapixel camera with 1.9-megapixel front-facer. Full HD video is supported, with 1080p playback and recording.


Samsung Ativ S side


The body clocks in at 137.2x70.5x8.7mm and weighs just 135g. Storage-wise, it'll come in 16GB and 32GB versions, both expandable via the new microSD slot.


Samsung Ativ S  back


NFC support allows contactless payments, file-sharing simply by tapping, and wireless connection to NFC accessories such as speakers.

Oddly there's no 4G receiver, so this otherwise future-friendly smartphone won't be able to access LTE internet anywhere in the world. As Samsung's just-launched Galaxy Note II was confirmed to support 4G in the US – its receiver could yet be tuned to our 4G frequencies in a re-release... we hope – this seems to be a Microsoft edict rather than a decision by its hardware partners.

The new Windows Phone 8 OS syncs content perfectly with Windows 8 PCs and tablets, which Samsung also launched alongside the Activ S. More information on that soon.

No price or availability has been announced, but we'll be back with a hands-on preview and lots of tasty photos.


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