Samsung Teases its Windows Phone 8 Hardware, the Odyssey and Marco

Windows Phone 8 home screens

Check out our review of the Samsung ATIV Odyssey.

Pictures of iPhone prototypes aren’t the only interesting things to come from Apple and Samsung’s current court battle, as information regarding two of Samsung’s Windows Phone 8 devices has also been leaked.

Codenamed the Odyssey and the Marco, the forthcoming devices will be Samsung’s first push into Windows Phone 8 territory, and judging by the specification they will be upper range phones.

The Odyssey will likely be Samsung’s top offering, and according to TheVerge.com, the company refers to it as an “iconic smartphone.” The screen will have a Super AMOLED panel and measure 4.65-inches, with a high definition resolution, making it sound identical to the Galaxy Nexus.

An NFC chip and an 8-megapixel camera are also listed as features, and it will share the same 1.5Ghz dual-core, MSM8960 Snapdragon processor as Samsung’s other WP8 phone, the Marco.

As this chip is also found in the North American versions of the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3, there’s a good chance both Samsung WP8 phones will have 4G LTE variants.

Back to the Marco for a moment, it will make do with a slightly smaller 4-inch Super AMOLED display, and a 5-megapixel camera.

Samsung is one of the few manufacturers to release new Windows Phone 7 handsets over the past few months — the Focus 2 and the Omnia M — and it joins HTC, Nokia and Huawei as the four Windows Phone 8 partners announced in June. Although it wasn’t mentioned during the Windows Phone 8 launch event, ZTE also claims to be working on new hardware too.

Joining the Samsung Odyssey and Marco on the rumored WP8 hardware front is HTC’s Zenith, Accord and Rio, all of which are expected to share specs with the Android-powered One X, One S and One V. Nokia has yet to reveal anything on its Windows Phone 8 plans, but a model using the 808 PureView’s impressive camera technology is possible.

Both Samsung and HTC’s leaks indicate a fourth quarter 2012 release date for the new devices, which is in keeping with Windows 8’s October 26 date, and Microsoft’s own timeline.

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