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Samsung ATIV S Hands-on

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Samsung ATIV S Hands-on
The Samsung ATIV S has had a bit of a low profile since it was announced earlier this summer, so we were very happy to see it on display at the Windows Phone 8 event today in San Francisco.  No US carrier announcements have been made for this device, and since no information has leaked to show otherwise, we can safely declare that this Windows Phone 8 device is destined for Europe and other markets.

For folks in those markets, you should be quite pleased, as this device, while being a bit larger than the Nokia and HTC entries with Windows Phone 8, presents itself very well.  Despite the security leash on it, there is a noticeable difference in the weight of the device.  The noticeable feature of the hardware is the physical home button, which also works to wake the phone up.  This is a handy feature, as the power/lock button is on the upper right-hand side of the handset.

When you wake it up, a beautiful 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen greets you.  The 720x1280 display is crystal clear and very responsive.  The crisp display makes up for any size issues you may be concerned about.

Under the thin frame lies a beefy 2300mAh battery and dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor which does its part to deliver Windows Phone 8 effortlessly.  It is a bit disappointing that this device is not going to be making a debut stateside (at least not officially, yet).  However, Microsoft did reveal that Verizon would be getting the Samsung ATIV Odyssey sometime in December.  For now, we cannot say if that device shares any specifications with the ATIV S we saw today.

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posted on 29 Oct 2012, 18:21 7

1. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Just a classy looking device. As an AT&T user, it seems strange to say- but here is a phone I really wanted to rt and I won't be able to. I am glad for Verizon users. This can really fit the bill of a premium device if the 8X doesn't make the grade.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 19:05 4

5. wp8forever (unregistered)

I bet the galaxy s3 is mad as hell at the ativ s , saying dam I was supposed to look like that and have a ativ tablet as well running full windows 8 am depressed lol no gonna happened android this is calles windows finest you don't belong here .

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 19:17 3

6. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Try yoga bro it will help you get a lot to rid of all the frustrations you hide deep inside you due to the success of Android. =]

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 19:28 1

7. Oxygen (Posts: 125; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

to get rid

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 19:29 1

8. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Yeah my bad, I was typing too fast.. lol

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 19:38

11. wp8forever (unregistered)

android rip off , galaxy s1 , mytouch 4g , galaxy nexus , galaxy s 2 , htc sensation , htc amazed , lg g2x you know why I was always changing them cuz I was never happy with the phone till I realized the problem was no the phone I was android .

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 07:05 2

23. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Wow, you need all this phones to figure out that you were incompatible to Android?! Wow, you must be really stupid then or may be you're just trolling. Watch out your nose is growing!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 19:35 2

10. G2userLuvit (Posts: 23; Member since: 09 Apr 2011)

Seriously bro what country are you from? I don't recognize the dialect you're using.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 18:28 5

2. twens (Posts: 1061; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

Why are all windows phone devices running on same processors? Same OS on all brands. The only difference is the OEMs logo. Very boring

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 18:34 3

4. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

I was wondering this earlier. Pretty much the same phone. I would just get Nokia for the hell of it at this point.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 19:30

9. Aeires (unregistered)

Standardized equipment, easier to push updates to.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 21:00 2

14. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

No offense twens, but that comment kinda shows you haven't paid that close attention to WP 7 or understand WP 8. Agreed, Android has skins to set them apart from their competition, but come on now- I have used LG's and Samsungs and HTC's. They are the same OS under the skins, and often those skins drag down performance. (Multi-core Androids on ICS are really, really good though. I am a huge fan of what they have accomplished.)

WP 8 will provide opportunities for OEM's to have different feels. Their Hubs are the start. They will have unique experiences and apps within those hubs, and that will give the chance to add a little variety. There will also be hardware differences. Nokia has wireless charging, Samsung is rumored to have the "tap to share" ability they sell on the GS3 also on the ATIV.

But, you are correct- especially at launch there is very little differences in processors. Why? Because no matter how good this rollout is, there will be glitches and problems. It is a new kernal and the first time it has run on multicore processors. As problems show up, a uniformed set of devices provides for easier updates and firmware fixes.

HTC is already thought to have a quad core Titan-style device waiting in the wings. Other, more unique experiences are coming. But, it is WP 8. It is not open. It is different. It will not appeal to everyone.

That is part of the appeal.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 21:06

15. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)

They're all running on the chipset to make performance consistent across all Windows phones. That's why windows phone don't lag or have any performance issues.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 18:29 3

3. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

If only Samsung made all of their devices with the same material they made this one with. Aside from that, I'm gonna call it now and say that when PA reviewers get to this device, they're not going to mention a single letdown of WP8 as they did in the 8X review and are only going to have good things to say about it.

Here's to hoping for a GSM version.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 19:39 2

12. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

btw it is the same poly-carbonated body as all samsung device ... it is just the finish that makes it look as metal

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 01:06

18. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

I could have sworn I read an article that said the Ativ was made of some sort of metal. Thanks for clearing that up.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 01:40 1

19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

He's very right.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9SZakcrq44

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 01:42

21. redmd (Posts: 1367; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

it's like the titanium grey note 2.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 20:26

13. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)

If I'm going to buy Samsung, Note 2 will be a much better deal. This feels like Galaxy 3 ripoff. Nokia and HTC are more justifiable choice than this.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 00:31 1

17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Sure, it looks like the Galaxy S3, but how is it a rip-off? Samsung's ripping off their own designs now? That doesn't make any sense. Does that also mean that the iPhone 4S is a rip off of the iPhone 4 since they look pretty much identical? The fact that it's a different OS doesn't mean they need to go & radically change their design. Also, with Nokia & HTC's phones looking so much alike, Samsung's phone surprisingly stands out in the Windows Phone arena. Besides, with the boatloads the S3 is selling, it's probably a smart choice.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:35

25. jchuamanl (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

For me it looks like something between the S2 and the S3. Anyway, this is a Samsung phone, they can use the same design with its phones.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 21:08

16. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)

But I bet you this phone will perform much better than the Note 2.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 01:41

20. redmd (Posts: 1367; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

ativ s is like a mini note 2 running on WP 8. but my Note II will disagree on what you said.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 06:48

22. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

ativ s looks great, stylish and premium-looking device... it put the plastic s3 to shame!

hope samsung will change its designer!! and hire people who are really inspired and has style!

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:18

24. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

How does it put the S3 to shame? It has essentially the same design & it's also plastic. Youtube is acting strange right now, but here's the link.


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