More details emerge on two new Samsung Windows Phones

Windows Phone 8 is now so close, we can almost taste it (and considering how excited some are getting about it, we wouldn’t be surprised to see certain people doing exactly that when it arrives). The recent leak of the Windows Phone 8 software development kit (SDK) has only served to whet our appetites even more here at Neowin, but what we really crave is a look at some of the hardware that will accompany the launch of the OS in the weeks ahead.

Our very first official taste of Windows Phone 8 hardware is likely to come at the joint Nokia-Microsoft media event on September 5 in New York, and while Nokia’s next-generation Windows Phones are likely to be nothing short of sensational, we’re no less excited about what Microsoft’s other hardware partners - including HTC, Huawei and Samsung - will bring to the table.

For the last few weeks, rumours have persisted of two Samsung Windows Phone 8 handsets arriving before the end of the year. A tipster contacted SamMobile claiming to have information on these two new devices, although the identity and source of the details remains undisclosed. The information appears to elaborate on details leaked at the end of July, revealing two handsets, codenamed ‘Marco’ and ‘Odyssey’, but should nonetheless be taken with a shovelful of salt.

Both devices are said to feature 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processors. Marco (model number GT-I8370) is said to be the ‘mid-end’ device, priced between €350-€450 EUR ($430-$550 USD / £275-£350). It will reportedly feature a 4.0” WVGA (480x800) Super AMOLED display, with 5MP rear/1.9MP front cameras, 8GB of onboard storage and a microSD expansion slot.

Odyssey (GT-I8750) is the ‘high-end’ device, with a huge 4.8” HD (720x1280px or 768x1280px) Super AMOLED display, 8MP/1.9MP cameras and a selection of either 16GB or 32GB integrated storage, again with microSD expansion. The price is said to be under €600 ($740 / £470).

The July leak suggested that both devices would be 4G LTE capable, and would arrive in Q4 this year, but appeared to indicate that only Odyssey would include NFC support, an essential component for the new Windows Phone 8 ‘Wallet Hub’.


Source: SamMobile

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Polo!

Seriously though, pretty excited about these. Still not sure if I should move from Samsung to Nokia (currently own a Focus).

Never having anything from Samsung again, cheap crap that is sometimes not cheap but still crap.. Going back to Apple.. New phone upgrade soon.. Iphone 5 me thinks. I know a lot of people on here hate Apple, as the company tend to act a bit like twats sometimes, but you cant say the Iphone is bad.. The phones what counts to me, I dont care how the company do business lol

I'll be getting a new Nokia when Windows Phone 8 arrives. Extremely impressed with the Lumia 900, dare I say I truly think it looks better than the iPhone. Samsung phones seem cheap and low quality.

arent NFC cheaps really cheap like a few pounds? even if there like £10 they should be standard fair now cus in the uk theres contactless payment literally everywhere, even some small shops up the road have contactless payment.

i think as long as it has the microSD slot youll be fine. why pay an extra £100 for an extra 32GB storage when a microSD 32GB costs like £15.

Samsung device look good, will wait to see nokias offering as my lumias build quality is really good and is a brilliant looking device. I dont like the build quality (i.e. feel) of the s3 seems a bit cheap to me.

Looks like I've found a contender for my next phone. That Samsung Odyssey, if the specs are correct, is exactly what I'm looking for. Now it's up to Optus (Australia) to make it available. Hopefully it doesn't take as long as it did to get the Lumia 900.

jasonon said,
how is 16 gb is an option. the lowest should really be 32 or even 64

You overestimate people's needs. Believe it or not, but some people actually never install any app on a smartphone. They use it only for talking and taking photos.

Mortis said,

You overestimate people's needs. Believe it or not, but some people actually never install any app on a smartphone. They use it only for talking and taking photos.

So why are they buying smartphones again?

jasonon said,
how is 16 gb is an option. the lowest should really be 32 or even 64

Micro sd is cheap, so its not an issue now - and hasn't been for me with only 16gb Lumia 800 as I sync regularly to pc which in turn syncs to skydrive which in turn is available on my phone (WiFi or 3g permitted, which 99% of the time it is).

I have more than 64GB of stuff I'd like access to, the only size that would 'do for me' in terms of not needing to access skydrive (of which I have 75 GB on) would currently be, you guessed it, 75GB. anything less means splitting storage and personally I'd just rather keep the all off the phone (apart from some music, I keep about 20-30 albums on there which is simply a case up keeping a zune playlist upto date with what I want on the phone).

noleafclover said,
I want to install WP8 on my HTC One X... Seriously. Dual boot even

That would be the ultimate killer 'thing' - being able to pay $10 or $20 to an OEM and upgrade from Android to Windows Phone 8

Honestly, I'm glad to see the MicroSD on these things but a default 64gb option is what I consider high end. 32 just isn't enough for long term the way media files are getting.

MrHumpty said,
Honestly, I'm glad to see the MicroSD on these things but a default 64gb option is what I consider high end. 32 just isn't enough for long term the way media files are getting.

The market for 64GB phone users is too ridiculously small to reasonably expect OEMS to market to. If you need that much storage because you're loading a lot of video you are probably better served by swappable memory cards.

MrHumpty said,
Honestly, I'm glad to see the MicroSD on these things but a default 64gb option is what I consider high end. 32 just isn't enough for long term the way media files are getting.

Meh, for me it depends on whether one can pool the storage together into a giant 'bag of storage' rather than treating as two distinct storage pools given that I have a heap of music but I really don't to have to chop up my music collections over two pieces of storage.

ACTIONpack said,
250ppi should be the minimum for smartphones.

The iPhone could have 5000ppi, I still don't want to look at a 3 inch screen.

ACTIONpack said,
250ppi should be the minimum for smartphones.

I never understand statements like that.

Firstly, we're talking about a touchscreen device here. Your fingers are going to be all over that screen, so even if you sit down and prepare to watch a high quality film or look at the 8mpix photos you've taken (don't even get me started on that). You'll be looking through a smuged up glass screen.
Next, the optimal viewing distance vs the dpi of the screen is important. Unless you're litterly sitting with the phone a hands width away from your face, you're not going to be able to even see the difference in quality when it comes to movie play back. Any you do see, is you missing the actual content you're looking at while trying to point out artifiacts in the encoding of video etc.
After all that, you'll be sitting in a crappy lit room or outdoors in with screen glare anyway, so it won't make a remote bit of difference.

Super high res screens are quite pointless for the most part, and you're just buying into their fad and marketing schemes.

Avatar Roku said,

The iPhone could have 5000ppi, I still don't want to look at a 3 inch screen.

If I remember correctly the iPhone screen size is 3.5............ but I understand that some people always need to take Apple in any discussion.....

4.8" really I guess Samsung is trying to get the new standard around the high 4" range

I wonder when these handsets will hit the AUS market considering alot of Samsungs phones have been US exclusive on the WP front

brent3000 said,
4.8" really I guess Samsung is trying to get the new standard around the high 4" range

I wonder when these handsets will hit the AUS market considering alot of Samsungs phones have been US exclusive on the WP front


It is too much. I think that above 4.0 or 4.3 inches the devices get too big to handle comfortably everyday.

Hopefully they new Windows Phones settle around those sizes and not 4.8" as this Odyssey is rumored to be.

ajua said,

It is too much. I think that above 4.0 or 4.3 inches the devices get too big to handle comfortably everyday.

Hopefully they new Windows Phones settle around those sizes and not 4.8" as this Odyssey is rumored to be.

Titan's aren't too big. But they are on the edge of what I'd like. The 4.8 is just insane.

MrHumpty said,

Titan's aren't too big. But they are on the edge of what I'd like. The 4.8 is just insane.

4.7" (Titan) isn't too big, but 4.8" is insane? That makes no sense.

Something worth considering: if the phone is 720x1280, it will actually be thinner or the same width as the Titan because the Titan (480x800) is 15:9 while the Samsung Odyssey is 16:9.

Edited by Avatar Roku, Aug 21 2012, 2:15am :

MrHumpty said,
Titan's aren't too big. But they are on the edge of what I'd like. The 4.8 is just insane.

But how is the 4.8inches orientated? is it more long than wide? there are many factors that can make whether a phone is too big.