More delays for the Samsung ATIV S

With the first generation of Windows Phone 8 handsets trickling into the stores, there is still one OEM that is noticeably absent from the party; Samsung with its Ativ S handset.

The handset was supposed to be the first Windows Phone 8 device to hit the shelves on the release of Windows Phone 8 at the end of October, but it’s now reported by SamMobile that the device won’t hit until the end of December, with deliveries likely running into the New Year.

The main rumour surrounding the delay is down to the screen used in the Ativ S. It’s the same screen that’s used in the Galaxy S III and the popularity of that device can’t be denied. So it could be that Samsung are giving preference to the Android device over their latest Windows Phone hardware. With Windows Phone 8 an unproven OS, it looks like Samsung is prioritising the better and best-selling handsets in its arsenal.

Online retailer Clove has the Ativ S pegged for a December 10th arrival, which is earlier than the SamMobile reported date. But dates can easily change, so if you are waiting for the Ativ S, don’t keep your hopes up.

Source: SamMobile
Via: Cool Smart Phone | Image courtesy of WMPoweruser

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samsung, it seem, dont really believe in WP8, their loyalty is for android OS.

everything in this phone reeks of Indifference.

R1pper said,
samsung, it seem, dont really believe in WP8, their loyalty is for android OS.

everything in this phone reeks of Indifference. Ugly phone, old looking design, they just don't seem to care.

I agree.

Not sure, it looks like a waste to me to design a device and then not release it because they don't have faith on the platform for what it was designed, but who knows, maybe you're right and they're focusing their production to the high demanded Galaxy line or perhaps a production problem is keeping them from releasing the Ativ S

R1pper said,
samsung, it seem, dont really believe in WP8, their loyalty is for android OS.

everything in this phone reeks of Indifference.

Reeks of indifference? It's basically the best Windows Phone 8 device and I would have bought it over my 920 if it had come out at the same time.

R1pper said,
samsung, it seem, dont really believe in WP8, their loyalty is for android OS.

everything in this phone reeks of Indifference.


Although I kind of agree design wise but build quality is apparently better than their flagship Android S3 so let's give them "some" credit.

BajiRav said,

Although I kind of agree design wise but build quality is apparently better than their flagship Android S3 so let's give them "some" credit.

I doubt it's better. That metal looking back cover isn't metal at all, it's just plastic with a fake brushed metal look. This phone is boring, it's basically a GS3 running WP8. Theres no innovation like with the Lumia 920 and the GS3 has been out for some time now, yet they haven't bothered to improve the hardware in any way.

Yeah I suspect because they didn't play ball with MS and the colours and then were frozen out of the promotional materials didn't help either of them really.

Personally I quite loved my Omnia 7, took me from WP7 launch till a few weeks back till I got the 8X. So I hope Samsung come back to WP platform maybe with a bit of innovation this time rather than just slapping us with an SG3 and expecting magic. Plus the more oems the better, more choice, more competition

been waiting for the ativ smart pc pro to come to other stores... but Samsung is messing things up. only misco.co.uk seem to have them... and they sell it so high. Maybe I will wait for surface pro... Samsung should be called samdung

Same. Its like the whole ATIV lineup is a complete mess. Its not just the phones, its also the tablets. I've talked to 4 customer service people at Samsung and not a single one of them even knows the differences between the different model numbers.

The only thing that sets this phone apart from the other WP8 phones is the expandable memory. Other than that it's extremely underwhelming so I'm not surprised they're not in a hurry to release it. I don't see how it could compete with the Lumia 920 or the 8X.

deadonthefloor said,

It will be the only option on my carrier.

That's a shame. Can you buy and use an unlocked phone?

jakem1 said,
That's a shame. Can you buy and use an unlocked phone?

Yes. Unlocked a Lumia 920 from Rogers and put it on my network for my wife.
Can't afford two unlocked phones, so I will have to take the subsidised price on the Ativ-S.

Damn, this was my next phone. It was the only WP8 phone available from Optus that had a decent sized screen. I loved my Omnia 7 and was looking at this when I was able to upgrade. That should be around December so hopefully it doesn't get pushed back even further.

I also own an Omnia 7, and I'm not going to stick with Samsung, mainly because of the design. The Omnia 7 has an awesome design, as does the Omnia W. Now they throw this thing out, which has no design of its own and is just a carbon copy of the S3's body.
I will miss the Super Amoled screen, but I won't miss the screen burn in (IE's URL bar has burned into my screen, so it's kinda visible on a dark grey background.) Other than that though, I don't see that many advantages to the Ativ S, besides the MicroSD slot.

XMac said,
I also own an Omnia 7, and I'm not going to stick with Samsung, mainly because of the design.

Other than the Home button - did they really need to add the chromed border to it? - I actually really like the design of the ATIV. I know colours are all the rage now but there's something to be said for the brushed metal look.

My carrier (Optus) is only carrying the HTC 8s, Nokia 820 and this one due to carrier exclusivity agreements. Of the three, this was the better choice if only for the screen. I'd have to jump ship to Telstra for the 920 or 8x and I'm not about to get into bed with that mob.

Sranshaft said,

Other than the Home button - did they really need to add the chromed border to it? - I actually really like the design of the ATIV. I know colours are all the rage now but there's something to be said for the brushed metal look.

I'm not a fan of the colors on the Lumia range of phones either (so if I pick up one of those, it'll be a black one). The ATIV S doesn't have that bad of a design, it just doesn't seem unique. It looks generic and bland, whereas the Omnia 7/W had their own little design path. That and the fact, that those earlier phones were an awesome Ebony Black color, whereas the ATIV S is just a dull grey, doesn't really help the situation a lot.
IMO, they should have just stuck with the Omnia design, and they would have had a great looking phone.

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