You know how the saying goes: better late than never. After being delayed due to undisclosed reasons, the Samsung ATIV Odyssey is finally due to arrive on Verizon in the forthcoming weeks. Once on the carrier's shelves, it will be the first Windows Phone 8 smartphone by Samsung to be released in the U.S.
Although we don't yet know how much the Samsung ATIV Odyssey will cost, our guess is that its on-contract price will be quite reasonable. That's because it is just a mid-range handset packing a 4-inch Super AMOLED display (480 by 800 pixels of resolution) and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. You also get a pair of cameras – a 5MP main one on the back capable of shooting 1080p video and a 1.2MP above the screen for video chat. There's only 8GB of storage available on-board, but you are free to add a microSD card of up to 64 gigs, should you choose to do so. Behind the smartphone's back cover hides a pretty decent 2,100mAh battery, so battery life should be pretty good even if you surf the web using that LTE radio for extended periods of time.
On the software side of things, Windows Phone 8 comes loaded along with several handy applications, courtesy of Samsung. The ATIV Odyssey comes with a basic, yet potentially useful photo editor, a Mini Diary for logging your daily activities, and the Now app, which provides up-to-date information about the weather conditions, latest news, and stock prices.
And that's pretty much all we know about the Samsung ATIV Odyssey for Verizon so far. Further details, including its exact release date and pricing, are expected to be announced soon.