Samsung yesterday unveiled the Galaxy Ativ S Windows Phone 8-toting smartphone, beating rival Nokia to the punch with the first handset running the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system.
As well as the familiar Windows Phone tile based user interface, which offers more scope for customisation in its newest iteration, the Ativ S is home to a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a none-more-Samsung 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display.
Showcased at last night’s IFA tech expo along with the Galaxy Note 2, the Vita S is also home to a rear-facing eight-megapixel camera, a secondary 1.9-megapixel snapper for video calls and a long-life 2,300mAh battery.
Completing the feature set is Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, which has arrived on Windows Phone handsets with the new iteration of the platform, to allow users to pay for goods by swiping their handset over a reader, microSD card support and some smart Samsung apps pre-installed.
The launch of the Vita S has surprised some in the industry, who had surmised that the first Windows Phone 8 to be showcased would be from Nokia, which is now so closely bound to the OS as to be synonymous with it.
The Finnish phone-maker is expected to lift the lid on its first Windows Phone 8 kit, mooted to be a fresh take on the 41-megapixel-sporting 808 PureView, next week.