Although we thought that Nokia would unveil Windows Phone 8 smartphones before anyone else
, Samsung beat the Finns to it by making the Ativ S official today. And just a quick glance at its specs sheet is enough for us to conclude that we are dealing with a top-tier handset. Its impressive hardware specification is matched by the device's exquisite design and the use of premium materials in its construction, which is why we are eagerly waiting to get our hands on one for a spin around the block.
Yet until that happens, let us examine the key features of the Samsung Ativ S
– the features that make it so much better than previous Windows Phone handsets. Care to join us?
Samsung Ativ S: key features
Samsung Ativ S: key features
1. Dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC
The chipset is the heart of every smartphone, and the one that beats inside the Samsung Ativ S is a speedy one indeed. Like all Windows Phone 8 devices expected to be announced in the near future, the Ativ S is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and backed up by 1GB of RAM. Older Windows Phone devices could not handle dual-core SoCs, which is why seeing such potent piece of silicon inside the first WP8 handset is such a big deal.
2. HD Super AMOLED display
In addition to being the first Windows Phone handset to sport a dual-core processor, the Samsung Ativ S is also the first to be equipped with an HD display. In this case, the screen uses Samsung's tried and tested Super AMOLED technology. Spread all those dots across 4.8 inches of display real estate and you get a really high pixel density – exceeding the 300ppi mark, for sharp visuals and smooth curves.
3. 8 Megapixel auto-focus camera
The Samsung Ativ S is equipped with an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera, and an LED flash has been added for those times when light just isn't enough. We can only guess what photos taken with it will look like, yet a high-end device like this should be capable of delivering photos well above what the average handset can produce.
4. Premium design
Isn't the Samsung Ativ S a beauty? Sure, all we have is photos of it, but they seem enough to tell that the device has been constructed with attention to detail. That 8.4-millimeter brushed aluminum chassis should make even Galaxy S III owners turn their heads wondering why Samsung didn't use the same premium materials when designing its Android flagship.
5. Windows Phone 8
6. microSD card slot
This might not seem very important to some of you, but for a fraction of users, having a microSD card slot is an essential smartphone feature. Think people that carry tons of music around with them or enjoy watching movies and TV shows on their handsets. Well, the Samsung Ativ S supports microSDXC cards, meaning that by getting a 64GB card, the smartphone's total storage can be expanded to the whopping 80 or 96 gigabytes, depending on whether you have the 16 or 32GB model.