Samsung ATIV S coming before the end of the year

Samsung ATIV S coming before the end of the yearThe Samsung ATIV S was originally unveiled as the South Korean manufacturer’s first Windows Phone 8 handset at IFA 2012 in August. It was expected to be a Windows Phone 8 launch handset, but has been subject to a series of mysterious delays.

The latest whispers suggest the Samsung ATIV S will arrive before the end of the year. Ahem. Honest.

That’s what a Samsung spokesperson tells TechRadar, without providing a specific date or reason for the tardiness.

The spokesperson says only: “We've heard from HQ that the product will be available by the end of this year."

It’s not clear if the delay is linked to reports of Windows Phone 8 handsets suffering from random reboots, a fault Microsoft recently acknowledged and promised a fix for.

When the Samsung ATIV S does finally arrive, it’ll offer a 4.8in Super AMOLED display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and 8MP rear camera.

Other Samsung ATIV S specs include NFC (Near Field Communication), a 1.9MP front webcam, and a 2,300mAh battery.

A quick glance at Expansys shows “Stock Expected in 7 days”, while Clove is sticking with “First stock delayed until week commencing December 10th”. Price? £459.99 and £442.80 respectively.

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