Samsung’s debut Windows Phone 8 effort, the Ativ S, may miss a Christmas launch after all, amid reports that shipping won’t begin until very late in the year.
According to knowers of all-things-Samsung at SamMobile, the Ativ S will ship in Europe from the 52nd week of 2012, which if you haven’t already worked out it, is the very last week of December.
Given the massive strain heaped on postal services at this time of the year, this could mean that most, if not, all orders of the Ativ S may not be delivered until early January.
That would no doubt be a huge bummer for early adopters and a missed opportunity for Samsung to utilise its tremendous brand surge this year to take full advantage of the holiday salestravaganza.
Earlier today, a T-Mobile Germany help account on Twitter revealed that the Ativ S is not planned for a Q4 release as originally thought.
Nokia and HTC launched their Windows Phone 8 handsets earlier this month. Exactly what’s causing Samsung to not release its contender in a timely manner is still unknown.
While not as high-end as the likes of the Galaxy S3, the Ativ S is still home to some impressive specs, including a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display, an eight-megapixel snapper that shoots in 1080p HD and a 1.5GHz dual-core chip to keep things ticking over.
Also on board is 16/32GB of on board memory depending on the model you pick. That’s expandable by a further 32GB thanks to a microSD slot, which makes its appearance for the first time ever on a Windows Phone device.
Stay tuned for more Ativ S news in the weeks to come.