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The First Windows Phone 8 Comes From Samsung

Samsung has officially announced the first Windows Phone 8 smartphone today at the International Electronics Fair (IFA) in Germany. It’s called the Samsung ATIV S, and it’s pretty impressive.

Although the name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, the ATIV S will be one of many new Windows Phone OS products from Samsung, including Smart PCs, tablets, and smartphones. Samsung formally announced several of these devices at the IFA fair in Berlin, including the ATIV Smart PC, ATIV Smart PC Pro, ATIV Tab, and the ATIV S.

The ATIV S is the first smartphone ever to run the latest iteration of the Windows Phone OS, Windows Phone 8. It’s thin at 8.7 mm with a 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720. CPU-wise, the ATIV S packs a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Krait dual-core CPU and 1 GB of RAM. Data speeds are expected to be good with HSPA+42. There is no word on LTE yet; however, once the devices launch in the US, it would be silly for Samsung to exclude the feature.

Unfortunately, the announcement didn’t include the release date; however, I expect it around the date Windows Phone 8 is officially released on October 29th.

It’s still interesting that Microsoft has gone with Samsung for the first Windows Phone 8 device, not choosing Nokia, which has bet the farm on its new partnership with Microsoft.

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