Meet the First Windows Phone 8: Samsung’s ATIV S

by windowsiso on August 29, 2012

Samsung’s ATIV S is the first official Windows Phone 8 device. Image: Microsoft

Samsung revealed the world’s first Windows Phone 8 handset, dubbed the ATIV S. The company announced the ATIV S at the IFA conference in Berlin on Wednesday, showing off a 4.8-inch smartphone powered by a dual-core Qualcomm chip. Microsoft revealed even more details about the phone in a blog post.

The smartphone has a HD Super AMOLED display made from Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and features a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor. As for cameras, there’s an 8-megapizel rear camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing one. The phone comes in a 16GB or 32GB model, and both come with 1 GB of RAM on board. Battery life should be fairly impressive with the device’s 2300mAh battery (for comparison, the iPhone has a 1432mAh battery). And as suspected from Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 reveal earlier this summer, the ATIV S also has a MicroSD slot for expanded storage and support for NFC. The whole package weighs 1.68 pounds and is 9.8mm thick.

From the body alone, it looks very similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S II. It has the same rectangular shape with rounded corners — yes, the very design that Apple sued Samsung for — and is just 8.7mm thick.

Additionally, Samsung announced its first Windows RT tablet at IFA, named the ATIV Tab. The 10.1-inch tablet sports a 1366 x 786 resolution display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It comes in 32GB and 64GB models with all of the usual connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a USB 2.0 port and NFC. It also has a microSD card slot and uHDMI. Pricing for both Windows devices has yet to be announced.

Unfortunately, nothing more has been revealed about Windows Phone 8 beyond this actual piece of hardware. Nokia and Microsoft are co-hosting an event in New York on September 5, where the two companies are expected to reveal two Nokia Windows Phone 8 handsets and further elaborate on Windows Phone 8 capabilities.

The back of the ATIV S. Image: Microsoft

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