Exclusive: Samsung’s Windows 8 Phone Launching Feb

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Exclusive: Samsung will be rivalling Nokia and HTC with the release of their first Windows 8 Phone, the Ativ S, in February.

A Samsung representative has confirmed to Smarthouse Samsung’s Ativ S will be available as an ‘open device’ in February from Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, AllPhones and Telechoice.


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The Ativ S is Samsung’s first Windows 8 Phone in the Australian market and will compete against the platform’s hero phone, HTC’s 8X, and Nokia’s Lumia 920.

It’s primed to do so as it features a 4.8 inch screen with a 720×1,280 resolution, a 1.5GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, up to 32GB of expandable memory and a microSD card slot. It has an 8MP rear camera capable of Full HD recording, a 1.9MP front facing camera, NFC, and is only 8.7mm thin.


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Samsung’s Ativ S is considerably more restraint than Nokia and HTC’s WP8 smartphones. Unlike the shouty colours modelled by its rivals, Samsung coat the Ativ S in a sleek silver hairline finish.

Samsung hasn’t clarified if the Ativ S will be available on contract or as an outright purchase alone.


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