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Samsung isn't planning to release the Focus S, or a variant of it, outside of the US?

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Samsung isn't planning to release the Focus S, or a variant of it, outside of the US?
Call it a rarity, or something else, but it’s not that often that the US is left claiming a top-notch device to itself – especially when there are plenty of devices overseas that never get released stateside. And boy does it feel good to be AT&T customer right now seeing that they have the option of picking up the snazzy Samsung Focus S, which is one of our favorite Windows Phone Mango devices to date.

Well, if you’ve been eying the device, but live outside of the US, there’s some bad news that might not make you happy at all. Specifically, it seems as though Samsung has no plans to bring a variant of the Focus S, or an equivalent model of some sort, outside of the US.

Isabelle Rojanathara, Samsung’s head of telecommunications products in France, mentioned the grim news during an interview. Needless to say, it’s unfortunate considering that it’s a lovely looking Windows Phone, and possibly one of the best out right now. Instead, those itching to experience a Windows Phone from Samsung’s camp will have to settle for the Samsung Omnia W (the Focus Flash in the US). Yes, it’s a decent device, but lacks the awe-inspiring presence that comes along with the Focus S.

Of course, there are going to be many hearts broken by this news, but hey, you never know what Samsung will pull under its sleeves instead. With CES around the corner, we may potentially hear about some juicier Samsung made Windows Phone, so at least we have some hope in that.

source: monwindowsphone (translated) via WMPoweruser

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posted on 28 Dec 2011, 14:28 2

1. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

And i was hoping for an international release.:(

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 15:12 3

3. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

this is unbelievably stupid of samsung... first europe im pretty sure has proven to be windows phone's most popular location, and they instead choose not to sell their nice phone there.. second, windows phone is a growing os so wudnt it be best for samsung to get a loyal group of wp people...

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 14:53

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

Yeah, this is like the third confirmation on this. Prior to launch, I had heard the "S" was a US exclusive. I am not sure how much sense it makes.I think it would sell well in the right markets.

At least get it on T-Mobile as well. That would be a great line up: The Radar, the Nokia 710, and a Focus S. That would sit nice among the fantastic Android options and Blackberries.....

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 19:16 1

4. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

I will just get a HTC Titan or Nokia Lumia 800 . Windows phones are almost the same anyway

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 22:40 1

5. e.wvu (unregistered)

I agree. It's pretty much based on which phone manufacture you like and the phones doesn't really differ much in speculations.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 02:45 1

6. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

That's what i like about WP7. No crappy custom overlays like motoblur or touchwiz. It keeps the phones uniform and the os smooth.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 05:46 1

7. roscuthiii (Posts: 2233; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

The Omnia W and the Focus Flash are basically the same thing, so just because Samsung isn't fielding a Focus S outside of the US doesn't mean they don't have an Omnia W II up their sleeves.

Relax... unbunch those panties.

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