Now that Samsung has lost its legal battle against Apple and is being forced to pay $1 billion, many are wondering about their future plans. As of late, there has been quite a bit of talk that says Samsung may be looking to decrease their dependency on Android due to the continued legal pressure. Previous rumors suggested that Samsung would be purchasing the late webOS but those rumors were quickly shot down. So, what is Samsung to do when their main cash cow has proven itself to be a burden? Strengthen their ties with Microsoft, of course.
While Samsung has pushed out Windows Phone 7 powered devices in the past, they haven’t pushed out any really hard-hitting devices running the mobile OS. Luckily, that looks to be changing with their recently announced ATIV S.
In terms of specs the Samsung ATIV S doesn’t fail to impress. Powered by the latest Windows Phone 8, the ATIV S will feature a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display which Samsung says will make for one of the brightest and sharpest phones on the market. Past that we’ve got a 1.5GHz dual-core processor made by Qualcomm, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear facing camera and a front facing camera for video conference calls. Furthermore, consumers will be able to choose from either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage along with a microSD slot for additional storage.
Though the specs are quite beautiful for a Windows Phone it’s the design of this phone that really shines – literally. Clocking in at just 8.7mm thick, Samsung managed to craft the ATIV S almost entirely out of brushed aluminum. This will go against their previously released Android phones which feature more plastic than you can shake a stick at and will help the ATIV S stand out against the next generation iPhone.
At this point there’s no telling when the ATIV S will be released nor at what price point but, as always, we’ll keep you posted as more information is made available.