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ATIV S could be unveiled at IFA 2012

Samsung may still be in shock over its $1.05B loss to Apple in a U.S. court, but that isn't stopping the company with moving forward with fresh new products. Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile operating system has been treading water in the smartphone space for well over a year, but Samsung is hoping to liven things up with a sleek, fresh entry to the fray.
The Samsung ATIV S features an 8.7mm brushed aluminum chassis and will come packing a 4.8" HD Super AMOLED screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and an 8MP rear camera. For those that actually bother using the front-facing camera, that unit dials in at 1.9MP.

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There will be both 16GB and 32GB models made available to the public, and a microSD slot will also be included if you choose to expand storage on your own. A generous 2300mAh battery is included to ensure that you have enough juice to last through the day.
You can check out more pictures and thoughts on the Samsung ATIV S on the Windows Phone Blog.

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The launch date for Windows Phone 8 will likely be announced next week.

Sources: The Verge, Windows Phone Blog

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RE: But
By BifurcatedBoat on 8/29/2012 6:31:03 PM , Rating: 5
Because MS is actually much closer to an inventor of the smartphone than Apple, and has plenty of patents related to them, so if MS is interested in making any form of smartphone, Apple has little choice but to let them.

MS began their original OS project for mobile devices (forerunner to Windows CE) in 1990. Most people didn't use them, but there were non-touchscreen Windows-based smartphones available since 2000. My first smartphone was a candybar-style Windows phone that I bought after losing my dumbphone and all of the contacts I had with it.

The major upside for me at that time was being able to sync contacts to my PC, which theoretically would prevent that from happening again.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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