The first Windows Phone 8 device to be announced wasn’t Nokia Lumia 920 or HTC 8X, but Samsung Ativ S, that was made official at IFA 2012. This device has a price tag of 560 euro in the UK and it’s basically a 4.8 inch smartphone that looks like a Galaxy S III relative with Windows Phone 8. And we’ve just received it for testing purposes…


We’re only here for a preview for now, but the review will be up as soon as possible. We’re dealing here with a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD handset, that measures 8.7 mm in thickness and weighs 135 grams, 50 grams lighter than the Nokia Lumia 920. This model supports HSPA+ 42 Mbps connectivity and does Full HD playback. It has a dual core 1.5 GHz processor, of the Snapdragon Krait kind and it comes with a Li-Ion 2300 mAh battery. At the back there’s an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture, while upfront we’ve got a 1.9 megapixel shooter.

The back of the device feels like metal, but it’s actually a resilient plastic cover, that shelters the battery, microSD card slot and microSIM. This model also comes with NFC and in the video below we show its headphones, charger and USB cable. Samsung Ativ S seems to be a bit more compact than the Galaxy S III, or at least it will have you believing that, since it has a very well thought design. That’s it for now and we’ll be back with more impressions in a few days.

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