Samsung has yet to globally release the Ativ S, its only Windows Phone 8 device. However, there are some places where you can grab it, though we’re not sure for how long.The South Korean company unveiled the smartphone back in September at IFA 2012, in Berlin, and said that the Ativ S would reach the market in Q4.
Initially introduced in the UK from various major retailers, the smartphone is expected to arrive in Canada in the next few weeks.
In fact, Rogers has already opened an online reservation system for customers who wish to reserve their Samsung Ativ S before it goes live on pre-order.
According to MobileSyrup, customers that want to reserve the smartphone via the online reservation system will have to pay a $40/€30 fee as a deposit.
Samsung Ativ S has been on “Coming Soon” at Rogers for several days, but the carrier has yet to unveil more details on the phone’s availability.
However, Rogers has confirmed that the Samsung Ativ S will be available for purchase for as low as $130/€115 with a new three-year agreement. No word on the smartphone’s no-term price, but we expect it to cost around $600/€470 off contract.
Samsung Ativ S is one of the most powerful Windows Phone 8 devices that will be available on the market this year, and the only real competitor for Nokia Lumia 920.
The handset sports a large 4.8-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display that supports HD (720 x 1280 pixels) resolution, and features Corning Gorilla Glass 2 coating.
Hardware-wise, the Ativ S is equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 22 graphics processing unit and 1GB of RAM.
It also comes with 16GB/32GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD memory card.
There’s also an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording, as well as a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls.