Microsoft shows off Samsung Focus S and Flash for the first time

Microsoft today showed off the ​latest Samsung devices at an AllThingsD in Asia, according to the Windows Team Blog.

We already knew the device specifications, but we'll repeat them for you. The Focus S features a 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.4GHz processor, 4G speeds and is "super thin." It also rocks a front and rear camera of 8 MP and 1.3 MP respectively. The Focus Flash is a smaller variant, featuring a 3.7" Super AMOLED screen and a 1.4GHz processor and is said to be for those who want a high performance phone for lower price tag.

The devices will be featured on AT&T, however no announcement has been made as to the pricing or availability of the devices yet. We're trying to be patient here Microsoft, but this is taking a long time. One thing is for certain though. These are damn good looking devices.

Pictures of the pair are featured below. We're very, very excited to get our paws on one of these.

Samsung Focus S:

 

​Samsung Focus Flash:

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Damn, and I thought that it was a harmonization between the Samsung Focus and Adobe Flash for the first time in a Windows Phone... Guess I got myself a little bit lost in there.

Jose_49 said,
Damn, and I thought that it was a harmonization between the Samsung Focus and Adobe Flash for the first time in a Windows Phone... Guess I got myself a little bit lost in there.
hehe i thought the same thing too.. if they put adobe flash, sure sure i'm game. i mean, um... wouldn't 3rd party browsers support flash anyway though? or is it completely restricted in win phon7 os?

Also, it's a misstatement in the article to say "we already know the specs". Where, exactly, do you see confirmation of how much storage is on each of these devices? Oh, that's right....NOwhere. And that's the one thing that will stop me from setting down my current Focus. I have a 32GB microSDHC in it, giving me a total of 40GB of storage--of which only 8GB is currently unused. So, if the new Focus S is only going to be 8GB or 16GB, I won't be upgrading (downgrading, IMHO).

ScubaDog said,
I have a 32GB microSDHC in it, giving me a total of 40GB of storage--of which only 8GB is currently unused. So, if the new Focus S is only going to be 8GB or 16GB, I won't be upgrading (downgrading, IMHO).

I'm in the same boat... I really hope these device are not limited to 16GB. Microsoft needs to make sure at least one of its OEMs are manufacturing a device(s) with > 32GB of storage (either all built-in or with microSD card slot).

ScubaDog said,
...

Yes show me a Mango set with Expandable Storage option please!
Everything else is a step backward, even if it has FF Camera and Gyroscope.

clarkgable said,
Should the focus flash be called that, when you can't use flash on the windows phone?
Huh? That was a stupid question and VERY troll-like. It's probably called "FLASH" because it's fast. Or it's just simply a name. Why on earth would you assume that any company would name their device after a tired, dead plugin from Adobe? Get with the modern age, Clark. HTML5. Flash sucks.

Hopefully Samsung will bring the high quality hardware it brings to Android, to WP7. Microsoft needs a phone within the Galaxy's calibre.

nekkidtruth said,
Hopefully Samsung will bring the high quality hardware it brings to Android, to WP7. Microsoft needs a phone within the Galaxy's calibre.
I would guess that "quality hardware" is very subjective. I call the current Focus "quality hardware". FYI, the new Focus S is essentially the same device as the Galaxy S II Android phone, minus the dual core processor (which isn't need for WP7 because it's SO much faster of an operating system than iOS or Android).

FMH said,
Is that HTC Titan in the first picture?

Looks like it.....
While I understand that they added it to show the different sizes of the devices some added notes explaining it would be wellcome.

The Teej said,
Any news on whether these have MicroSD slots?

I doubt it seeing as WP7 doesn't support removable storage. It's more likely they will use NAND memory instead.

neo158 said,

I doubt it seeing as WP7 doesn't support removable storage. It's more likely they will use NAND memory instead.


Well, it doesn't support "removable" storage as in, "hot-swappable". It support removable media storage (like my microSD in my 1st gen Focus). I don't understand why the OEMs are taking this option out. I refuse to buy a device that I use for media playback that has less than 32GB. If there is not a device from Samsung or Nokia that either supports a microSD card or has 32GB+ of storage, I won't be buying one. (My Focus has a total of about 39 GB, 32GB microSD + 8GB built-in)

Chsoriano said,
It support removable media storage

The correct term is 'expandable storage'

As it creates a single volume of internal + microSD storage.

The Teej said,
Any news on whether these have MicroSD slots?

I don't care about it being hot swappable. I'm perfectly fine with it being the sole and only MicroSD card that goes into my phone, I just don't like the idea of being limited to 8GB or even 16GB if I want to increase it further later on down the line. I personally thought 4GB of storage for my phone was enough.. until I decided to throw on apps2sd, start increasing my app usage AND put Spotify on there. That 4GB got filled up quicker then an anorexic at an all you can eat buffet.

Quite frankly, seen as I'll have to replace Spotify with my own music collection (which is even bigger) I don't fancy tackling my odds against a very paltry 8GB and no microSD card slot.

I could just set up a home server and stream it all, but well, I don't want to start eating into my data allowance or wait longer loading times just to stream files I should be able to fit on to my phone...

I bought my LG Optimus 7 this past January. While I like all these new phones, I'm waiting for at least the third generation. With luck, my current phone can last at least until november/december next year.

Out of the new batch of WP phones and waiting until Nokia releases theirs, I think I would choose the Samsung Focus S. The HTC Titan looks great but I think it's too big to carry on pockets.

ajua said,
I bought my LG Optimus 7 this past January. While I like all these new phones, I'm waiting for at least the third generation. With luck, my current phone can last at least until november/december next year.

Out of the new batch of WP phones and waiting until Nokia releases theirs, I think I would choose the Samsung Focus S. The HTC Titan looks great but I think it's too big to carry on pockets.

congratulations \0

They sure its SAMOLED+ on the left device in first picture ? ... that looks like it's rather bright for black and slight paleness for SAMOLED+ compared to middle one... looks more like SLCD.

Digitalx said,
They sure its SAMOLED+ on the left device in first picture ? ... that looks like it's rather bright for black and slight paleness for SAMOLED+ compared to middle one... looks more like SLCD.

thats HTC Titan screen : S-LCD capacitive touchscreen

focus s and flash are SAMOLED

WP7 is great,.... but these new handsets are taking tooooo long to get to most places!!!!!!

I bet you AUS prob wont see these untill March/April next year!

If HTC dont bring out a new version of the HD7 then i will prob upgrade to the Samsung

Edited by brent3000, Oct 20 2011, 4:51am :

I am just thinking loudly but I guess Microsoft should highlight the lock screen as well in its promos.....It looks like from the above images that windows phone is all about information on your fingertips and not so much with aesthetics, design, typography [when it is much more]! And lock screen does look awesome, so there is no reason they should not highlight it!

Owen W said,
I want this SO SO bad.

Which one? Lol.

I do have a question about WP7's can you arrange what apps you want on the front? How well can you stay organized on it? I like everything in folders.

Dinggus said,

Which one? Lol.

I do have a question about WP7's can you arrange what apps you want on the front? How well can you stay organized on it? I like everything in folders.

yup, front screen's fully customizable, there aren't folders, but wp7 doesn't really work that way, it's complicated to explain but very intuitive once you pick one up and use it, which I strongly recommend.

games are automatically added to the xbox live app, split between xbox live games and others
also apps to do with music or videos are accessible through the zune app (youtube or artist info for example)

I am loving the Focus S. 4.3" screen AND AMOLED? Unless Nokia comes up with something better that's likely to be my next phone.

Bioran said,
I am loving the Focus S. 4.3" screen AND AMOLED? Unless Nokia comes up with something better that's likely to be my next phone.

+1

Bioran said,
I am loving the Focus S. 4.3" screen AND AMOLED? Unless Nokia comes up with something better that's likely to be my next phone.

Actually, the Nokia Ace is said to come with a 4.3" screen and AMOLED Clear Black Display.

Bioran said,
I am loving the Focus S. 4.3" screen AND AMOLED? Unless Nokia comes up with something better that's likely to be my next phone.

Sam here: I am eagerly waiting for the Focus S or whatever it will be called the SIM free version. At the same time I keep checking Nokia because they always had top of the line hardware. I just hope that all these new devices will be released Worldwide faster than before.