Ativ S | Samsung
With Windows Phone 8, Nokia finally has had its hands untied when it comes to pushing out modern specs on its hardware. The result is the Nokia Lumia 920, with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 32GB of device storage, and a 4.5-inch display. The Lumia 920 also includes wireless charging and "PureView" technology on its 8-megapixel camera. Add in some bright color options and you're looking at the main differentiators on the hardware side.
Samsung usually puts on a strange show when it has an "Unpacked" event and the show it staged this year at IFA was no exception. With the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Camera, a set of Windows 8 devices, and the first-ever Windows Phone 8 device, it was certainly full of new details and new gadgets. It was also emceed by a magician who oversaw the magical puns and a cameo by Wim Wenders. It's not Samsung at its most surreal, but that's an awfully high bar. Check it out in full, below, and then stop by our StoryStream for complete coverage and hands-on with the announced devices.
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Samsung may have beat Nokia to be the first company to announce a Windows Phone 8 smartphone, with the Ativ S launch today, but does that really matter in the end?
It's official: Samsung is first out of the gate to announce a Windows Phone 8 device: The ATIV S. As we revealed just a short time ago, it has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and an 8-megapixel rear camera paired with a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. Microsoft announced the device on its Windows Phone blog just ahead of Samsung's unpacked event, noting that it's only 8.7mm thick, has 1GB of RAM, and comes in either 16GB or 32GB models, both of which come with a microSD slot for more storage. It's all powered by a 2300mAh battery.Unfortunately, the while we have plenty of details on the device itself, we don't yet have new details on what Windows Phone 8 itself will bring beyond what we already know.