Samsung reveals ATIV S, the first Windows Phone 8 smartphone

Samsung has just announced a Windows Phone 8 smartphone. The Samsung ATIV S will run Microsoft’s new mobile operating system and is the first device to be revealed on the new platform. The ATIV S has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a large 2,300mAh battery. It has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and an LED flash. It also has a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.

There’s also a microSD card slot and it will come in 16GB and 32GB varieties. It also has support for NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, but no LTE, just HSPA+.

Measurements are 137.2 mm x 70.5 mm x 8.7 mm so it’s a slim device. It’s also fairly light at 135 grams.

The Windows Phone 8 operating system looks to consolidate Microsoft’s platform and give greater integration than ever before with other Windows devices. WP8 is the first version of Windows Phone that gives manufacturers a bit more room to innovate and differentiate their hardware, as evidenced by the microSD card slot and dual-core processor on the ATIV S.

We’ll see what Nokia comes up in the next few days as its also due to release a new Windows Phone 8 line-up. The ATIV S is due later this fall.