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Key Features

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  • Microsoft Windows v8
  • 32 GB + 32 GB Expandable
  • Wi-fi
  • Available
  • FM Radio
  • Lightweight (135 g)
  • Slim (8 mm thickness)
  • Performance



  • Display



  • Camera




  • Battery



What makes Samsung ATIV S unique?
  • The first phone with Windows Phone 8

For

  • Easy to handle
  • Great display
  • Nice camera
  • Looks

Against

  • Slippery plastic
  • Not many apps for wp8

Do it all

The Samsung Ativ S is a high end windows device which packs it all. It has got a superb AMOLED display which offers amazing contrast ratios and colour levels. It goes against the likes of high end Nokia Lumia devices but with a larger display on offer, it might be a better choice for some. You get office suite preinstalled on the device to handle your office documents on the go.

The phone measures at 137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7 mm which is not really small but the device is slim and has been built very well. The phone weighs 135 gms which is not very heavy for its size. It runs a Qualcomm chipset with 1.5 GHz Krait processor. It has an Adreno 225 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. The Windows Phone 8 OS runs like a breeze on this hardware. The storage options are 16 and 32 GB and there is no expandable storage.

It has an 8 megapixel camera which performs really well. It can record videos in full HD. There is a 1.9 megapixel front camera for video calls.

The connectivity options include 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi, DLNA, GPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and micro USB 2.0. The hardware is powered by a 2300 mAh battery which is good enough to give you a decent talk time and long standby periods.

Verdict

In a category dominated by Nokia Lumia devices, this device tries to find a spot for itself. And in many ways, it betters the high end Lumia phones. Like you get a bigger display as compared to the Lumia 920, which is a good thing. The device looks great and would make a great buy if you need a simple to use premium device.

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Samsung ATIV S Specifications

General

Brand Samsung
Model ATIV S
Operating System Microsoft Windows v8
SIM Slot(s) Single SIM, GSM
Box Contents Handset, Battery, Charger, Earphone, USB Cable, User Manual, Warranty Card
Also Known As Samsung Ativ S I8750

Performance

Very Good
Performance compared to
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This Device
67 /100
Average in group
41 /100
Best in this group
99 /100
Group: All Phones
Based on specs, benchmarks & expert ratings
Processor
Dual core, 1.5 GHz, Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
Good
Processor compared to
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This Device
Dual core, 1.5 GHz, Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
Average in group
Dual core, 1.3 GHz, Chipset: MT6572E
Best in this group
Octa core, 2.2 GHz + Quad core, 1.7 GHz, Chipset: MediaTek
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RAM
1 GB
Good
RAM compared to
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This Device
1.00 GB
Average in group
512 MB
Best in this group
4 GB
Group: All Phones
Based on specs, benchmarks & expert ratings

Storage

Excellent .
Internal Memory
32 GB
Excellent
Internal Memory compared to
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32 GB
Average in group
4 GB
Best in this group
64 GB
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Based on specs, benchmarks & expert ratings
Expandable Memory
Up to 32 GB

Display

Excellent
Display compared to
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This Device
92 /100
Average in group
45 /100
Best in this group
99 /100
Group: All Phones
Based on specs, benchmarks & expert ratings
Screen Size
4.80 inches
Screen Resolution
HD (720 x 1280 pixels)
Pixel Density (sharpness)
306 ppi
Excellent
Pixel Density (sharpness) compared to
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306 ppi
Average in group
233 ppi
Best in this group
629 ppi
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Based on specs, benchmarks & expert ratings
Display Type
Super AMOLED

Camera

Good
Camera compared to
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This Device
54 /100
Average in group
24 /100
Best in this group
99 /100
Group: All Phones
Based on specs, benchmarks & expert ratings
Main Camera
8 MP, Auto focus
Very Good
Main Camera compared to
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This Device
8.00 MP
Average in group
5 MP
Best in this group
41 MP
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Front Camera
1.90 MP
Good
Front Camera compared to
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1.90 MP
Average in group
1.3 MP
Best in this group
13 MP
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Based on specs, benchmarks & expert ratings
Flash
LED
Video Recording
Full HD @ 24, Stereo sound recording, Digital image stabilization, Optical image stabilization
Zoom
Digital Zoom
Camera Features Smile detection, Scenes, Continuos Shooting, Multi Shot

Battery

Good
Battery compared to
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This Device
52 /100
Average in group
54 /100
Best in this group
99 /100
Group: All Phones
Based on specs, benchmarks & expert ratings
Capacity
2300 mAH, Li-ion
TalkTime
Up to 8 Hours(2G) / Up to 14.83 Hours(3G)

Connectivity

GPRS
EDGE
3G
HSPA , EV-DO , Rev.A
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 802.11, a/b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth
v3, A2DP
GPS
with A-GPS
USB Connectivity
No
More Connectivity
DLNA, VoIP

Design

Touch Screen
Capacitive Touchscreen
Weight
135 grams
Good
Weight compared to
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This Device
135 grams
Average in group
135 grams
Best in this group
71 grams
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Based on specs, benchmarks & expert ratings
Dimensions
137.2 x 70.5 x 8.70 mm
Very Good
Dimensions compared to
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8.70 mm
Average in group
10.4 mm
Best in this group
4.7 mm
Group: All Phones
Based on specs, benchmarks & expert ratings
Colours

Features

Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Compass, Light sensor, Gyroscope
Applications Document Viewer/Editor

Multimedia

FM Radio
Stereo FM, RDS

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18 Expert Reviews for Samsung ATIV S

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  • Samsung Ativ S review: A fresh start
    GSMArena team
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    30 Oct 2012 | gsmarena

    Microsoft`s campaign is underway across the board with Windows 8, RT and WP 8 and all eyes are now set on Redmond`s allies for a demonstration of fire power. Following some early warning shots from Nokia and HTC, Samsung are now free to fire at will. Samsung Ativ S official pictures Their Ativ S was the first Windows Phone 8 flagship announced and, respectful of chronology, the first we`re about to properly review. The Nokia Lumia 920, the HTC Wi...

    Verdict: So, the Omnia lineup is no more. To match Microsoft`s profound OS overhaul, Samsung chose to start with a clean slate. The Ativ line is the new home of Samsung`s WP devices and it has room for smartphones, tablets and tablet PCs. Windows is now a con...

  • A lack of 4G holds back an otherwise stellar Windows Phone.
    Alex Roth
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    24 Dec 2012 | techradar

    Producing powerful and balanced devices like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, Samsung is a force to be reckoned with in the Android smartphone market. Not one to be rushed, the Korean manufacturer has taken its sweet time producing a Windows Phone 8 device. After some delay, the Samsung Ativ S has emerged. With its big and bright display, it shows just how lovely those Windows Phone 8 Live Tiles can be. With the Ativ moniker, it stands among the ...

    Pros: Thin, stylish design, Biggest screen of any Windows Phone 8 device, Strong specs, MicroSD support,

    Cons: Limited WP8 apps, No 4G, Made of slippery plastic,

  • Samsung ATIV S Review
    Ray S.
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    31 Oct 2012 | phonearena

    Samsung`s ATIV S is a strange kind of Windows Phone device. Not because it does anything wrong, but because it really stands out from the first batch of Windows Phone 8 devices. While Nokia and HTC are trying to come up with most lively and cheerful......

    Pros: Very large screen ; microSDXC card slot

    Cons: A bit too big for some users ; Camera and camcorder could be better

    Verdict: There`s a lot to love in the ATIV S. It`s not the perfect smartphone, but it has a large and eye-catching Super AMOLED screen, as well as decent exterior and stable performance. It may not be particularly pretty, but it sure does stand out from the.....


  • Samsung Ativ S - Initial Impressions
    Simon Allum
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    31 Dec 2012 | coolsmartphone

    There is always one late comer to every party. ?In this case, Samsung announced the Windows Phone 8 touting Ativ S back in August of 2012 but didn`t actually manage to release it until December, almost a whole month after [......

    Verdict: One inclusion is Samsungu2019s Now app which places a live tile on your homescreen giving weather, news, share prices, currency exchange rates and top tweets. Its a great addition giving a good summary of all your top rated information....

  • Samsung ATIV S preview
    Ross Catanzariti
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    03 Sep 2012 | pcadvisor

    The Samsung ATIV S is the first Windows Phone 8 device to officially be unveiled. Take a look at our Samsung ATIV S preview to find out more....

    Verdict: The Samsung ATIV S will be one of the first smartphones to run Microsoft`s new mobile OS, Windows Phone 8. It features a large 4.8in super AMOLED HD screen, has an 8-megapixel camera and boasts an aluminium chassis....

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