IFA 2012: Samsung announces the ATIV S Windows Phone 8 smartphone

IFA 2012: Samsung announces the ATIV S Windows Phone 8 smartphoneTake note, Nokia: your time having the Windows Phone limelight all to yourself is officially over. Samsung has muscled in on the WP8 Apollo action with the ATIV S, a 4.8in whopper that is hitting the headlines a full week ahead of Nokia's own WinPho 8 debutant making its first appearance.

The Microsoft-focused ATIV range is all new for Samsung, and the new naming approach is probably long overdue considering just how saturated the world has become with Galaxy devices.

Initially the range will comprise two models – the ATIV S smartphone and the ATIV Tab, but more will be along in due course. A lot more, if we know Samsung.

The ATIV S looks considerably better than its previous, rather nondescript Windows Phone efforts, and is just 8.7mm thick, so that's a good start, and it's bound to continue once you switch it on and behold 4.8 inches of HD Super AMOLED display goodness. Needless to say, this should set a new benchmark for Windows Phone graphics performance.

On the inside there's a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, an 8MP/1.9MP camera combo, 1GB of RAM and a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage.

A 2,300mAh battery should go a long way considering all the talk of Windows Phone's efficiency (mostly coming from Microsoft, it should be said), but hands down it looks the most impressive Windows Phone launched on the platform yet.

Whether we'll still be saying that in a week's time remains to be seen. Over to you, Nokia.

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Treab  Aug. 29, 2012 at 19:14

hmm so a mix between the galaxy s2's hardware and the sgs3's size... well played samsung well played...

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 19:18

hmm so a mix between the galaxy s2's hardware and the sgs3's size... well played samsung well played...
That could be a Snapdragon S4 dual-core, that's nearly as powerful as the quad-core Exynos 4412 chip. Now we just need to see if WP8 is actually any good, since the WP7 devices weren't slow/short of power anyway.

blizzard7  Aug. 29, 2012 at 19:25

Fine, now make a 4.5" version.

Treab  Aug. 29, 2012 at 19:32

hmm so a mix between the galaxy s2's hardware and the sgs3's size... well played samsung well played...
That could be a Snapdragon S4 dual-core, that's nearly as powerful as the quad-core Exynos 4412 chip. Now we just need to see if WP8 is actually any good, since the WP7 devices weren't slow/short of power anyway.


i know its going to be the newer dual core chip but common they could have just rebadged the sgs3 tbh...

Pondlife  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:08

Looks a little like an enlarged ip3?
No mention of microsd?
Is that pentile?
And did wp7 just look fast as it didn't do very much?

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:11

hmm so a mix between the galaxy s2's hardware and the sgs3's size... well played samsung well played...
That could be a Snapdragon S4 dual-core, that's nearly as powerful as the quad-core Exynos 4412 chip. Now we just need to see if WP8 is actually any good, since the WP7 devices weren't slow/short of power anyway.


i know its going to be the newer dual core chip but common they could have just rebadged the sgs3 tbh...

It appears they have (well, the US S3 anyway).

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:12

Looks a little like an enlarged ip3?
No mention of microsd?
Is that pentile?
And did wp7 just look fast as it didn't do very much?

No (IMO)
True
Yes
Yes

AppleLawyer459  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:28

Doesn't it look quite a bit like an iPhone 3g ......

Pondlife  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:43

Certainly more similar than the one with qwerty that they decided did...

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:49

Certainly more similar than the one with qwerty that they decided did...
My cat looks more like an iPhone than that one did.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:50

Doesn't it look quite a bit like an iPhone 3g ......
And as long as it never officially sees US shores, that can be Apple's whiny little issue.

Treab  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:51

Doesn't it look quite a bit like an iPhone 3g ......

no.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:53

Doesn't it look quite a bit like an iPhone 3g ......

no.

It's good to have you here when the "it's rectangular and flat...they must have copied Apple!!!", brigade come calling. I think my kitchen table is in danger of being sued, that's rectangular, flat and has rounded corners....

Treab  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:56

if you get confused with a phone which says 'samsung' on the top for an apple phone i suggest seeing a doctor.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:59

if you get confused with a phone which says 'samsung' on the top for an apple phone i suggest seeing a doctor.
That Windows logo looks awfully confusing, too.

Though, the windows in my house are rectangular and flat, my window fitters must be intellectual property thieves.

Treab  Aug. 29, 2012 at 21:03

course we all know the apple hp compaq tablet pc...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4f/Tablet.jpg/225px-Tablet.jpg

proof everyone copied apple...

Pondlife  Aug. 29, 2012 at 21:09

Certainly more similar than the one with qwerty that they decided did...
My cat looks more like an iPhone than that one did.


Still baffled by that one. That's some ugly cat you must have ;)

I thought it was purposeful as I think windows phones have some immunity...

Treab  Aug. 29, 2012 at 21:14

here a pic of matts cat...

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matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 21:19

here a pic of matts cat...

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Meow.

Pondlife  Aug. 29, 2012 at 23:37

Have we had any clues as to why ATIV?

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 23:41

Have we had any clues as to why ATIV?
I thought it was ACTIV spelt wrong (not that that made a great deal of sense either), then I realised all the sites were calling it ATIV, so no, no idea.

Pondlife  Aug. 29, 2012 at 23:50

Saw someone point out it's vita backwards but that's more a reason against, also saw there's an ativ software company, bet they are chuffed. Activ would make more sense tbh. Although that's close to something else Sony have used.

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matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 00:30


All
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Haha, I really like that :p. Did you come up with it?

Treab  Aug. 30, 2012 at 00:32


All
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In
Vain
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Haha, I really like that :p. Did you come up with it?


no.. i did :p

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 00:36


All
This
In
Vain
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Haha, I really like that :p. Did you come up with it?


no.. i did :p

Yeah, sure you did ;). Anyway, lets face it no-one here's interested in the dyslexic "Active", so what are we feeling about the Note 2? According to Techradar, it's noticeably faster than the SGS3 (which makes sense, same resolution, faster processor).

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