Just days after losing its intellectual property court battle with Apple, Samsung has become the first vendor to announce a smartphone powered by Microsoft’s next generation mobile OS, Windows Phone 8.
According to the South Korean vendor, the ATIV S has a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, 8MP camera, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a choice of 16GB and 32GB storage and a brushed aluminium case.
The company made the announcement at the IFA technology show in Berlin, beating Microsoft partner Nokia as the first company to launch a Windows Phone 8-powered smartphone. The Finnish company is reportedly launching its first device in conjunction with US number-one operator Verizon Wireless next week.
Following the loss of its court case with Apple there has been expectation that Samsung could turn increasingly to Windows devices. The company was found to have infringed several Apple functionality patents with its Android-powered phones and had to pay the iPhone maker more than US$1.05 billion in compensation.
Speaking to Reuters, Sid Parakh, an analyst at investment firm McAdams Wright Ragen said that Samsung didn’t previously put its best teams and designs with Windows Phone due to the dominance of Android. "With the change in the legal environment, there's a case to be made that Samsung will likely shift some of those resources to broaden out or diversify their own exposure," he said.
Samsung also announced its new Android-powered Galaxy Note 2 smartphone – which features a 5.5 inch screen and S Pen stylus – and the Galaxy Camera, also based on the Jelly Bean version of Android.