Nokia managed to implement Windows 8 Mobile into a sleek, modern handset that’s comfortable to hold and use. The use of tiles makes one handed use of the phone easy and efficient.
Nokia is making a big gamble by choosing Microsoft Windows 8 Mobile as the OS for their line of smart phones. The fate of this once dominant player in the mobile space is tied closely to the success or failure of the Windows OS. By most accounts, adoption of Windows 8 has been less than stellar but Microsoft and Nokia marches on. Whether you like it or not, Windows 8 is here to stay and Windows 8 Mobile is a serious contender. It’s not the juggernaut that is iOS or Android but there may be a niche for a third mobile OS.
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At IFA in Berlin today, Samsung rolled out their first Windows 8 mobile phone named ATIV S. At 8.7 mm thin, it has similar physical specs to the Samsung Galaxy S III which is 8.6 mm. Both models feature a 4.8” HD Super AMOLED (1280×720) display enclosed in Corning Gorilla Glass. Both models also share an 8 megapixel rear camera with a 1.9 megapixel front camera. Micros SD card slot is also available for additional storage. The ATIV S features a 2,300 mAh battery, 200 mAh more than the Galaxy S III’s 2,100 mAh battery. 16 and 32 GB models are available, same as the Galaxy S III. A 1.5 Ghz dual core cpu drives the ATIV S, just like the one in the Galaxy S III. CNET reports that the phone will launch with HSPA+ 42 Mbps support so it’s likely to hit T-Mobile first. So based on specs alone, it appears to be a Galaxy S III running Windows 8 mobile. Of course specs alone cannot predict performance and user experience, especially when running different operating systems.
Samsung has invited me to a press event in San Francisco in the coming weeks where they will announce some mystery mobile product so maybe it will be this mobile phone or one of the other Windows 8 mobile devices Samsung has in the pipeline. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Samsung is the world’s largest Android mobile phone manufacturer and the world’s largest smart phone maker overall according to research firm StrategyAnalytics. With the introduction of Windows 8 mobile phones, they are likely to expand their dominance even further.