Verizon’s Ativ Odyssey Windows Phone leaked, expected to launch in December

Verizon Ativ Odyssey Leak

It’s real and we’ve reviewed it. Check out our full review of the Samsung ATIV Odyssey Windows 8 phone.

A picture showing a phone believed to be the Verizon Ativ Odyssey has been leaked online. The device is a re-branded Samsung Ativ S, the Korean firm’s only handset to run Windows Phone 8, and the very first one to be announced.

Microsoft teased the Ativ Odyssey at its Windows Phone 8 launch event at the end of October, when the phone showed up on a presentation slide with the words “coming in December” written below the outline of a generic phone. CEO Steve Ballmer described it as “unbelievably thin, incredibly light.”

Remove the superlatives and you’ve got a decent description of the Ativ S, which measures 8.7mm thick and weighs 135 grams, and has the look of the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 about it.

A leaked picture has now given us our first look at the Ativ Odyssey, a Verizon-exclusive device. It’s important to mention this, as you may have missed the subtle network branding shown in the image above.

The Ativ Odyssey doesn’t look exactly the same as the Ativ S, as it has a curvier body along with a touchscreen Windows button, instead of the physical key seen on the Ativ. This re-design is unfortunate, as the Odyssey is more generic looking than the Samsung Ativ S. Of course, this is a leaked picture, and the real thing could end up being completely different.

If the specification remains the same as the Ativ S, it will have a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with an HD resolution, a dual-core, 1.5GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera. As you can see from the image, the Ativ Odyssey is likely to connect to Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

The Ativ Odyssey’s launch date may coincide with the Ativ S’s release in the UK, as late last week, it emerged the phone’s release had been delayed until December 10 at the earliest. If the Ativ Odyssey is made official, it will join the Nokia Lumia 822 and the HTC 8X in Verizon’s Windows Phone line-up.

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