Samsung revealed its new Windows Phone 8 smartphone, Ativ S, in Berlin at the IFA electronics show 2012. The Korean company took the lead in releasing the first WP8 phone to the public. It will run on the latest iteration of the Windows Phone and a dual-core processor.
Even at first glance, the new Ativ S is a looker. It boasts a HD Super AMOLED screen that is 4.8-inches in size (diagonal). The bezel has been kept smaller and there are three Windows-based buttons at the bottom, with home button getting the upgrade to new Windows logo.
The new smartphone is the first to incorporate a dual-core processor for Windows Phone 8 helped by 1 GB of RAM. The initial views are that operating system will run much faster than the last version of the Windows phones that had single-core brains.
Among other upgrades, the new phone has an expandable memory with a micro-SD card slot. However, in terms of internal storage capacity, the phone will come in two versions, 16 GB and 32 GB. The prices of the two denominations have not been released yet.
There is an 8-megapixel camera on rear of the phone and a 1.2-megapixel snapper at the front, both capable of producing HD videos. However, the rear-view camera will be able to record 1080p video. There is an LED flash support to the primary lens as well.
The outlook of the new operating system has changed, instead of two-row icon list on the home screen, the tiles take up all the space on the display. Microsoft has said that the new OS will not be compatible with past phones because of the processor limitations. However, the company has plans to release an upgrade to WP7, called Windows Phone 7.8 that will have the basic outlook of new version.
What WP 7.8 will not have is NFC support that Ativ S takes full advantage of. The handset will now be able to transfer photos instantly and make monetary transaction with NFC-enabled devices.
Samsung’s biggest rival on Windows Phone platform and official partner with Microsoft on the operating system, Nokia is scheduled to release its new Lumia handset with WP8 on September 5, 6.