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Samsung ATIV S - First to announce and last to market

Yesterday we commented how Samsung appears to be late to the Windows Phone 8 train with their ATIV S smartphone. While not as visually eye-catching as HTC or Nokia's offerings, the device has strong appeal to the smartphone traditionalists out there or just those who want every high spec tossed into a phone. Sporting a 4.8" display, 32GB of onboard storage (with an expansion card option), dual-core 1.5Ghz CPU, a massive 2300 mAh battery and a slick, metal finish, the phone has its fans.

Unfortunately, we just received direct word that Expansys is pushing back expected availability from November to the week of December 4th. That reinforces  our hypothesis that Samsung is either having some production delays or software hiccups, which is preventing them from getting this phone into customer hands. And if Expansys is expecting delays, you can bet carriers like Rogers will too.

While that won't matter too much for the off-contract people, it seems to have affected carriers who so far have been gun-shy in s supporting the ATIV S. To date, no US carrier has announced this phone, which is most shocking for AT&T who has been a big supporter of Samsung Windows Phones in the past.

Having said that, we wouldn't be surprised to see some late-carrier additions of this phone when Samsung gets it together.



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inteller says:

First announced WP8 device....last to market...yeah Samsung treas WP8 like an afterthought.

Hah, using that as the photo byline...

aubreyq says:

LOL the guy in the photo doesn't even want to take advantage of the new Start screen.

Forc3 says:

hahaha true!

Well the thing is the they know ,we don't care about anything else but Nokia when it comes to wp8 who's gonna get the ativ on at&t when the Lumia is way better and cheaper that's why .

cannon#WP says:

I'm probably going to get the ATIV on AT&T. 4.8" screen seals the deal for me.

It isn't coming on AT&T!!! Unless you mean unlocked.

krague17 says:

How do you know it's not coming to AT&T? I think once things get worked out AT&T will carry a Sumsung device just like before.

Coan says:

Even if AT&T doesn't carry it, it'll work on Rogers, so the same phone (unlocked) would work on AT&T. 

OMG55 says:

Isn't that the truth??? It isn't going anywhere      

lubbalots says:

I'll be shocked if tmo announces it.

tbonenga says:

Well get ready to be shocked.

lubbalots says:

I'm ready anytime to get fried!

JamesDax3 says:

If it does come to T-Mobile it will cost too much.

lubbalots says:

High cost for phones but plans are cheap.

It won't cost any more than what other carriers are offering.

jabtano says:

It comes to T-MO I'll own it.

Montpbm says:

It is coming to TMo...

Arkanaloth says:

glad I opted for the 920 instead of waiting on this phone. 

ecballa03 says:

why everyone doesn't get a 920 is beyond me. Maybe really small hands justify a thinner 8x. I love the solid feel of my 920. It's by far the most premium feeling phone I've owned (previous phone: tilt, i3gs, i4, hd7s)

TwinBitz says:

I would but its not on every carrier in the US! So that is why every one is not getting it!

myrandex says:

If any of these had a physical high quality keyboard (HTC Touch Pro 2 quality) that would seal the feel for me (and even more so my wife who is still rocking the LG Quantum).

aubreyq says:

I'd love a good physical keyboard but I guess they are dead? I don't know.

B Eubanks says:

Same with my wife and me. Our LG Quantums are still going strong and as soon as we start typing anything more than a few words, we subconsciously slide out the keyboard 'cuz it's so much faster and less error-prone. There also used to be some games that used the keyboard keys as controllers, so you didn't cover up the screens with your hands, or miss the virtual joysticks etc.  Disappointing to have to give them up to keep up with the WP8.  That being said, since both my wife and I are having battery issues or have had to remove the battery to restart our phones so having a phone with a user-replaceable battery like the ATIV S is appealing.

Shantek says:

There's a button combo for the Lumia that had the same effect as taking the battery out for a reset.. Obviously the only down side being it can't be replaced

OMG55 says:

I went to the ATT store to see if they had the L920 in the store and to my surprise, they had the L920(white, red, black), the 8X(blue, black), and the 820(black). I also took a buddy of mine who is an iphone user on VZW; well he ended up purchasing a red L920, to my surprise, the L920 is much lighter and does seem hefty at all, it simply beautiful. BTW the black tiles are find that along with increasing the font size under ease of access along with a few other things. All of the phones are good, but my buddy choose the L920 over the 8X on looks alone and he even liked the 820 better than the 8X. I am so jealous right now, because two of my friends have it already and I don't (Can't afford it right now because I had new flooring installed last weekend).....THIS SUCKS

I carry my phone in my shirt pocket, the Lumia's slip out as soon as you manipulate a low laying object, the 8X kind of sticks in there much longer. Then the audio, screen and weight, I prefer a top mounted power button. Oh and the 8X is very easy to hold well. Less slippy. And it is made in Taiwan R.O.C., not mainland China... Taiwan makes better stuff in my experience.

SAR 0.35 (8X) vs 0.95 (L920). I don't want to popcorn my brain.

DavidinCT says:

Trust me, I would of had a 920 already (in White) if Verizon released it.

Tsyokiss says:

Because the 8x was €100 cheaper in the netherlands, that and the 920 isnt released yet.. ^^

Because the 920 just isn't the best phone for everyone.  It's major intrigue?  Camera.  It looks murky and dark, and the pictures aren't the clearest all the time.  The amount of onboard and expandable memory is nowhere near the tops.  And the 8X?  Mostly used for music with beats audio.  Honestly, I think the ATIV  S/ATIV  Odyssey are the best.

mmoses1978 says:

I got the 920 also and its the great choice, I can't put the phone down LOL.

leftturney says:

As much as I loved my Focus I just don't love the new phones. They are ugly and the specs can't make up for it.  This article reminds me of Chris Weber's (Nokia exec) tweet calling out Samsung that their phone would hit first and hit hard.

tbonenga says:

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. So you think it's ugly. Well 30 million people in 5 months bought the GSIII. We all know these are sister phones. With the ATIV S being the sexy one. A lot of adults don't want a teenager looking phone. My opinion is this phone will dominate sells when it arrives.

cdbstl76 says:

Tbonega, care to wager!?

djmikebrady says:

I don't see any way in which the ATIV-S is ugly...  and I LOVE the physical Windows button - I just wish there were also physical buttons for Search and Back, since I accidentally brush my hand against them all the time on my Arrive...

MediaCastleX says:

You might be pleasantly surprised with the difference on this one Samsung compared to HTC's initial go around. It strikes a good balance...I only wish they'd kept the Focus brand or started this ATIV earlier for continuity ! =/

axiomjoe says:

And the fiasco goes on.......

Nakazul says:

Seems to be that. Its all rather confusing, that's for sure.

tbonenga says:

I love what you said. EVERY HIGH SPEC TOSSED INTO 1 PHONE. My thoughts exactly. It might not be the most glamorous looking but it has it all under the hood. This is why it's hands down not even close my choice. Now if Samsung can just find the factory lines to produce them in bulk. It's kinda hard when they can't even keep up with the GIII demand.

Arvis says:

i still want one if i dont win a 920

rijald87 says:

I learned that if you want i good wp nokia is the way. I have a htc titan. Wish i bought nokia 900

PhilR8 says:

What do you think - Galaxy S III selling so well that they're using all available capacity/parts to make as many as they can?  That would make sense as to why this device, which shares things like the screen with the GSIII, would be pushed back.

strider2 says:

32 GB with memory card for expansion and removable cover to battery replacement makes it the only windows(high-end) phone in the market.
I am definitely interested in it.
ofcourse the big screen is an added bonus..just dont want this to be pentile.

Forc3 says:

Don´t forget that cheap plasticy feeling! hidden BONUS!!!

What is the 787 made out? The Glock frame? Formula 1 cars? Plastics, Composites. They don't reduce reception, are light and strong, ideal for mobile phones. Samsung just uses a very light body.

Tips_y says:

Unfortunately, it's pentile.

Face2000 says:

I do like the larger screen that's really the only thing holding me back from getting the 920 just yet. Having been using the titan 2 size does matter to me but that 920 is really nice looking. I just want to see the ativ first then I'll make my choice that's if at&t gets it of course.

krague17 says:

I have the Lumia 920 and I'm not too impressed with the battery life. I think the Ativ S is a great phone just like the Galaxy S3 is a great phone. Obviously a lot of people like the S3 as shown by the sales. A Windows 8 version would aslo be great with the 4.8 screen, super light, and probably better battery life.

1jaxstate1 says:

I think it's equally as good looking as the 920. 32 gigs with expandable storage is a nice option. I don't really see what Nokia has to offer that's so great. Other than great low light photos and image stabilaztion. 

RaRa85 says:

Cue Michael Jackson's "they don't really care about us" line.smh

peterfares says:

I would have bought this had it come out simultaneously/within a couple weeks of the Lumia 920 on AT&T. I like the larger screen and microSD slot. Unfortunately (though fortunately for Nokia) the Lumia 920 came out far earlier so I just bought that.

cdbstl76 says:

I do wish people with quit ragging on each other about their phone choice. Who cares?! You get what you want, I'll get what I want, and we will both be happy rocking our WP8 devices. Isn't that what really matters?! Choices, options, competition...user WINS! What I have is not for everyone, isn't that kind of the point?!

I wish people would stop ragging on other OEMs period. This is becoming like an Android site.

caliborn says:

Perhaps they are pushing it back to announce their US partnership with Sprint once it's been finalized......Hey, it could happen....

cckgz4 says:

Oh Tails.....where are you now??

TonyDedrick says:

Sucks to hear this hasn't been announced for any US carrier. This was my dream WP8 device. Alas, I couldn't wait and I went with the 820. Screen isn't exactly what I would like. But I was sold on the expandable memory. Sweet phone so far

snowmutt says:

Still cheering for a good launch. While I am sure we would prefer it sooner, it the grand scheme of things... Who cares when it is launched? There are going to be more WP 8 devices coming, so Sammy is fine releasing when it is ready. Just support it.

MediaCastleX says:

They're stuck up out in their Galaxy =/

DavidinCT says:

Thought Verizon was getting this phone ? Oh, Well, I waited this long for a WP8 device and Verizon is not getting a 920, so I guess I wait for this one (unless I pick up a 8X off contract for cheap)

OVERD0SE says:

I was on the brink of getting a 920. But I think I'll wait another month and see what Samsung does with the ativ s. Hope it comes to att with additional colors. Wouldn't mind a white one. Til then im content with my 900.