At Microsoft's big Windows Phone 8 launch last night we had the chance to get a hands-on preview of the Samsung Ativ S smartphone, Samsun'g first dive into the wonderful world of Windows. The Ativ S is a sleek dual-core mobile phone packing a mighty 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen (as big as the Samsung Galaxy S III's)
The right edge packs a power and camera button...
...while the left edge has volume toggles, a break from the norm
Beneath the Samsung Ativ S' screen you get touch-sensitive Back and Search buttons, plus a physical Windows button which sticks out from the surface. This is the only Windows Phone 8 mobile we've seen to sport a physical button here.
The rear of the Samsung Ativ S is brushed aluminum and feels suitably tough. In fact, the phone as a whole feels more solid than we expected, despite being only 8.7mm thick and reasonably light. We'd certainly be more confident of the Ativ S surviving a tumble than the Galaxy S III. You also get Gorilla Glass in the display, to prevent chips and scratches from ruining your precious handset.
The design is less curved than the Galaxy S III also, but still feels good in the hand and, as you can see from these photos, looks very smart indeed.
The Ativ S' camera appeared to handle the low light of the demo room well, pulling in plenty of light from wherever it could. You also get a wide-angle front-facing lens for portrait shots and Skype, which will play a large part in Windows Phone 8.
We'll bring you a full review of Samsung's Ativ S very soon, but you can check out our full review of HTC's Windows Phone 8X which covers all of the big new features of Windows Phone 8. We've also bashed out a quick Windows Phone 8 best features round-up