It’s becoming more and more clear that Samsung will not be able to release its first Windows Phone 8 device (Ativ S i8750) this year – despite the fact that it initially announced the handset would be in stores this quarter.
Samsung presented the Ativ S in Taiwan just recently (alongside the Ativ Smart PC), saying that the smartphone would be available there starting January 2013, costing 18,900 TWD – which means about $650, or €500.
A few days ago, we told you the Ativ S is also expected to be launched in Europe only in January. So it looks like Samsung does have problems with its Windows Phone 8 handset – problems that might have something to do with the fact that the Ativ S shares the same 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD screen featured by the Android-based Galaxy S III, and the company just can’t produce enough panels for both devices. That’s somewhat understandable, as more than 30 million S III units have been sold until now worldwide.
Like the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X, Samsung’s Ativ S is a flagship WP8 handset, coming with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and a 2,300 mAh battery.