Samsung's first Windows Phone 8 smartphone called Ativ S is likely to be launched in India soon as two major online retailers in the country - Ezoneonline and Infibeam - has listed it as coming soon.
The phone features a 4.8-inch HD Super Amoled display and houses a 1.5 GHz dual-core mobile processor coupled with 1 GB RAM. This Windows Phone 8 smartphone also features Near Field Communications chip and also a memory expansion slot.
Samsung has said that it will make Ativ S available after Microsoft officially announces the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Microsoft announcement is slated for October 26th.
The Samsung ATIV S features a brushed aluminium chassis. The display has been manufactured using Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology for greater strength and slimmer screen size.
At the back lies an 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash. This camera is capable of recording 1080p HD videos at 30 frames per second easily. In the front lies a 1.9 megapixel camera with capability to perform video calls and chat. Samsung also claims that Ativ S can easily playback 1080p HD videos.
By default, the ATIV S will have Samsung ChatOn instant messaging service built in along with other Samsung Hubs (Music and Media). Some default apps will include Photo Editor, Mini Diary and app called Now for Daily Briefing.
Samsung will offer a distinct sharing feature, called Family Store, along with NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi with Tap+Send. The Ativ S also features Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi with WiFi Direct and WiFi Channel Bonding, accelerometer, gyroscopic sensor, geomagnetic sensor, proximity sensor, and the Near Field Communication support.
For location based services, Samsung has implemented GPS with A-GPS support and also GLONASS network support for more accurate position locking on the maps. By default, this smartphone will be offered in 16 GB or 32 GB on-board storage versions and there is a micro SD card slot to accommodate up to 32 GB card. Weighing just 125 grams, Samsung Ativ S has a 2300 mAh Li-ion battery.
The pricing has not been announced by the websites listing it, Samsung has also given no indication on pricing, however Ativ S is comparable in features with Galaxy SIII and therefore price is expected to be in the similar league.