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Samsung ATIV S

Samsung ATIV S

Everything you need to know about the Samsung ATIV S

Announced at IFA 2012, the Samsung ATIV S takes the look the Android-Based Galaxy S3 and places Windows Phone 8 at the forefront. The few changes, such as the brushed aluminium chassis is certainly a welcome change from the traditional plastic on previous Samsung devices.

 

Key features:  1.9MP Front-Facing Camera, 8MP Rear-Facing Camera, 4.8" HD Super AMOLED Display, Dual Core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, 16GB / 32GB of internal storage with expandable microSD slot, 2300 mAh battery, NFC, Windows Phone 8.

Pricing: Coming Soon.

Availability: December.

     

 

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We wrote last week about the Samsung ATIV S and the ‘case of late availability’ but perhaps we spoke too soon. The Austrian T Mobile site is now showing the device as being in stock. Hurrah! ?

Many are waiting for the 4.8” monster phone from Samsung and while this looks like it could be good news, we’re unsure this is a sign of a rapid deployment or simply limited availability.

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Canadian carrier Rogers, who announced their strong support of Windows Phone 8 back in October, is offering some sweet deals on their entire lineup of Windows devices. And what an impressive lineup it is. Right now, customers who sign up for a Rogers 3-year FLEXtab plan will be able to choose one of the following Windows Phone 8 handsets:

The Nokia Lumia 920 is being offered exclusively by Rogers in Canada. And while that and the HTC 8X are available now, the elusive Samsung ATIV S is listed as "coming soon." For those interested in Windows Phone 7 or Windows 8 RT devices, the sale also includes deals on the Nokia Lumia 900 and Samsung ATIV Smart PC.

If you live in Canada and you've been waiting on moving to WP8, it looks like now is a great time to do it.

Source: Rogers; Thanks, CylonJason, for the tip!

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A forum page over on O2 Ireland's site indicates that they are currently testing the Samsung ATIV S on their network. The post says that testing began on December 4 for both the ATIV S and the HTC 8S. It isn't clear just how long the testing process will take, but it may be an indicator that both phones are very close to being released.

The Samsung ATIV S was the first Windows Phone 8 device announced and the last to show at the party. For reasons still unexplained, it has been delayed, with rumored release dates ranging from the end of December to sometime in February 2013. Windows Phone Central received a communication from Samsung saying that the ATIV S was still on track for the "end of the year."

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A forum page over on O2 Ireland's site indicates that they are currently testing the Samsung ATIV S on their network. The post says that testing began on December 4 for both the ATIV S and the HTC 8S. It isn't clear just how long the testing process will take, but it may be an indicator that both phones are very close to being released.

The Samsung ATIV S was the first Windows Phone 8 device announced and the last to show at the party. For reasons still unexplained, it has been delayed, with rumored release dates ranging from the end of December to sometime in February 2013. Windows Phone Central received a communication from Samsung saying that the ATIV S was still on track for the "end of the year."

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We have been reporting on the Samsung ATIV S since it was first announced. Whilst Samsung were the first to announce a Windows Phone 8 handset they have thus far been unable to deliver it to the marketplace.

We are now hearing rumours that the 4.8” hero device could now be set to arrive in January or even as late as February 2013. Online retailers and stores are all geared up to get the device and the last we saw was delivery being due for mid-December. Missing the launch hype of Windows Phone 8 and the essential holiday season buying, what has gone wrong?

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Walk into any mobile phone shop anywhere and you’ll be greeted with row after row of rectangle shaped devices. How on earth does one choose which phone to buy when faced with this veritable sea of similar looking handsets? Nokia have done good work with their promotion of their Lumia range, often having dedicated displays to highlight the devices in stores but this alone does not sell devices.

As Windows Phone does break away from the standard looking icon-based user interface and offer something new, there is a need to tell its story. We checked in to the ‘Meet Windows Phone’ event yesterday evening to see what Microsoft and O2 are doing to engage the man and woman on the street.

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The Samsung ATIV S was the first Windows Phone 8 smartphone to be announced, and was unveiled earlier this year at IFA 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Unfortunately it seems the device is set to be the last Windows Phone to arrive, even after the Nokia Lumia 820 and HTC 8S. So what's going on with Samsung's latest Windows Phone?

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We knew the Samsung ATIV S was pushed back to December and now we are learning the at least one retailer is expecting inventory available on December 13th.

Expansys U.K. is expecting the ATIV S due on December 13th at a price of £449.99.  You can find the Samsung ATIV S Expansys listing here.  Additionally, it is our understanding that the HTC 8S will become available through Expansys U.K. on December 5th for £239.99.  The HTC 8S Expansys listing can be found here.

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