When Korean electronics maker Samsung released its latest handset, the Galaxy Note II, at a launch event in Cape Town, the handset manufacturer took the opportunity to unveil its first mobile phone to be powered by Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.
To be called the AtivS, the device will feature a 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED screen and is only is only 8.7mm thin. While the offering was announced at IFA earlier this year, the first actual devices were on show at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
In terms of specifications, the AtivS will run on a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, will have 16 and 32GB users memory, as well as 1GB RAM, and a microSD expansion slot. It measures 137.2 x 70.5 x 87mm and weighs only 135g
The product is being punted as a business and entertainment device and will be shipped with Exchange ActiveSync, On-Device Encryption, MDM, Office 365 and Lync.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor