Samsung Announces 4.8", Aluminum-bodied Windows Phone 8 Device
August 29, 2012 11:55 AM
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ATIV S could be unveiled at IFA 2012
still be in shock
$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.
[Image Source: Microsoft]
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
[Image Source: Microsoft]
The launch date for Windows Phone 8
will likely be announced next week
Windows Phone Blog
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8/30/2012 5:28:00 PM
Really, this has nothing to do with patents.. it's just a legal means to prove the obvious -- the first Galaxy S series, while maybe not an entire 'knock-off', were obviously designed to mimic the iPhone in order to feed off of it's success. While the phone itself didn't exactly mimic the design and functionality, it intentionally took the same approach as Apple -- simplicity being the key.
The actual patent arguments are ridiculous -- and do indeed signify the many faults of our patent system. I'll admit, Apple was perhaps the first to adopt these obvious designs into a majorly successful commercial product, but they were in no way 'original'. The rectangle argument is ridiculous -- should be thrown out by any court the moment either side tries to bring it up. The 'bounce' animation..? I've seen this in dozens of apps ranging back many years, but first in content rich flash sites back in the early 00's (I actually have a photo gallery I made in flash back in '01 featuring the same 'animation', an idea I admittedly stole after seeing it in many other projects at the time). And the icon layout.. I was part of a project back in '00 or so that ported WinMobile to Casio's extremely cheap BE300 PDA. The cheap touchscreen never worked too well with the start menu and the list format was already the major downside of the default UI; so what did we do..? We created a grid-based icon layout, displaying 5 rows of 3 icons representing installed apps, listed on consecutive pages. I'd like to say we were revolutionaries.. but that'd be ridiculous -- we were admittedly mimicking palm's current implementation (though a bit more elegantly), which was based on the basic idea of displaying icons on a grid that computer ui designers have been doing for nearly 3 decades.
Was the Galaxy S series meant as a knock-off..? I honestly can't see how.. Did Samsung pour over every feature causing the success of the iPhone, intentionally seeking to implement them into their own phones to try to pander to the market that Apple could be credited as creating..? Obviously so (should say, I have two Samsung feature phones right here that are guilty of violating all the mentioned patents -- but lacking android, have not been named in any suit). Is the simple philosophy of embracing the utmost simplicity in designing a product patentable..? I personally think not, otherwise whoever coined the term K.I.S.S. would be suing any successful manufacturer into oblivion..
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