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Samsung ATIV S with Windows Phone 8 delayed to 2013

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Samsung's first Windows Phone 8 handset the Samsung ATIV S has been delayed, it's been revealed.

The company originally announced the Samsung ATIV S at the IFA 2012 event at the end of August. That made it the first Windows Phone 8 device to be officially unveiled.

However, it now appears that the Samsung ATIV S will be the last of the initial batch of Windows Phone 8 handsets to be released. SamMobile is reporting that the device will start shipping in week 52 - that's the last week of the year, of course.

This means that the vast majority of shops won't be getting hold of the Samsung ATIV S until the new year.

So why the delay? As reported by SlashGear, most are assuming that it's down to the Samsung ATIV S's display, which is identical to that found on the Samsung Galaxy S3. As you may have heard, that's proved to be a rather popular smartphone.

The theory goes that production priorities have had to be set and the unknown quantity that is the Samsung ATIV S inevitably made way.

Besides a 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, the Samsung ATIV S will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and a choice of either 16 or 32GB of internal storage.

Naturally, though, the headline feature is the presence of the largely unproven Windows Phone 8 OS on hardware developed by the world's biggest smartphone manufacturer.

Samsung has kept the hardware design typically muted, so it will be interesting to see how it fares next to its bolder competition - the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC Windows Phone 8X.

Are you looking forward to the Samsung ATIV S, or do you think that Samsung should stick to making Android-powered Galaxy phones? Let us know in the comments box below, or via our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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