Samsung ATIV S now available at SaskTel

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Feb 072013
 

Samsung ATIV SSaskTel today launched its first Windows Phone 8 device, the Samsung ATIV S. With LTE connectivity, it is one more option for customers getting ready to jump on the carrier’s just launched LTE network.

The Samsung ATIV S is a new smartphone for both work and entertainment, offering a premium Windows Phone 8 experience.

The thinnest Windows Phone 8 device to date, this powerful smartphone comes loaded with Microsoft Office applications, powerful communication tools, and SkyDrive (with free cloud storage). The Samsung ATIV S has everything you want in a smartphone, making it perfect for both work and entertainment.

SaskTel is offering the Samsung ATIV S for CA$129.99 with a three-year contract, CA$499.99 with a two-year contract, CA$549.99 with a one-year contract or CA$599.99 outright.

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Samsung ATIV S launches in Canada

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Dec 142012
 

Samsung ATIV SAfter a small delay, the Samsung ATIV S [product information], the first Windows Phone 8 device to have been announced, is finally available in Canada through Bell, Rogers and TELUS.

Pricing is as follows:

  • Bell: CA$99.95 with a three-year contract or CA$599.95 with a month-to-month plan
  • Rogers: CA$79.99 with a three-year contract or CA$599.99 with a month-to-month plan
  • TELUS: CA$29.00 with a three-year contract or CA$650.00 with a month-to-month plan

SaskTel is also planning to launch the Samsung ATIV S.

Read more: Bell, Rogers, andTELUS

Samsung releases ATIV S video overviews

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Dec 102012
 

Samsung has released two video overviews of the upcoming Samsung ATIV S [product information]. The first video focuses on the smartphone’s Windows Phone 8 features.

In the second video, Samsung focuses on the social media and camera capabilities of the ATIV S:

The Samsung ATIV S is expected to launch in Canada in mid-December (hopefully any day now) with Bell, Rogers, Sasktel and TELUS.

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Canadian launch for Samsung ATIV S delayed to mid-December

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Nov 292012
 

Samsung ATIV SThe Samsung ATIV S [product information] was to have launched in Canada sometime in November. According to a statement from Samsung Canada received by MobileSyrup, the launch has slipped a little bit:

“We are committed to launch the ATIV S nationally, on Rogers, Bell and TELUS, as well as Sasktel. We are planning to ship to carriers in early December, and should have supply at stores by mid month.”

Pricing for the Samsung ATIV S is expected to start around CA$149.99 with a three-year contract.

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Rogers begins taking online reservations for Samsung ATIV S and ATIV PC

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Nov 242012
 

Samsung ATIV SWe still don’t know exactly when the Samsung ATIV S [product information] and Samsung ATIV Smart PC will launch in Canada but Rogers Wireless this week began to take reservations for this upcoming Windows Phone 8 handset and Windows RT tablet.

Current Rogers customers can log into their account to access the National Reservation System. A CA$40 reservation will be required as deposit.

Both the Samsung ATIV S and ATIV PC will be “available in the coming weeks.” They will start at CA$149.99 and CA$399.99 respectively with a three-year contract.

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Samsung ATIV S “coming soon” to TELUS

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Oct 292012
 

Samsung ATIV SSamsung Canada last week announced that its Windows Phone 8-powered ATIV S would launch with a number of Canadian carriers. Today, TELUS put up a webpage for it, indicating that it was “coming soon.”

Perfect for both work and entertainment, the Samsung ATIV S™ offers a premium Windows® Phone 8 experience in a sleek, slim and sophisticated design.

There is no word yet on specific availability dates and pricing.

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Windows Phone 8 Samsung ATIV S coming to multiple Canadian carriers

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Oct 262012
 

Samsung ATIV SSamsung Canada today announced the carrier lineup for its upcoming Samsung ATIV S smartphone powered by Windows Phone 8. When it launches in November, it will be carried by Bell, Rogers, Telus and Sasktel.

Samsung ATIV S is a new smartphone for both work and entertainment, offering a premium Windows 8 experience in a phone. ATIV S brings a stunning hairline design and high performance with a range of content-sharing and productivity options. Its impressive 1.5GHz dual-core processor and LTE connectivity enable great browsing performance and high responsiveness even for the most demanding gaming or work applications. Users can enjoy the brand new Windows Phone 8 experience on the ATIV S’s stunning 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED™ display.

Specific availability and pricing details have not been announced yet.

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Rogers announces Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 device lineup

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Oct 192012
 

Rogers CommunicationsRogers today announced its Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 device lineup for the upcoming launch of Microsoft’s new operating systems. Rogers had already announced some of these devices but others are new.

Across all Windows 8 devices, you’ll now have a complete cross-platform experience making it easier to switch between devices to easily access your best friend’s phone number from your tablet, grab your photos from last night’s party from your PC or quickly email your late assignment from your smartphone. Windows Phone 8 also includes great features such as multi-core processing, improved display resolutions, NFC, microSD storage expansion, and lenses for getting creative with your pictures.

Rogers will offer the following devices:

  • Nokia Lumia 920: Offered exclusively from Rogers in black
  • Samsung ATIV S
  • Windows Phone 8X by HTC: Available either as a Blue 16GB or exclusively as a Black 8GB model
  • Samsung ATIV Smart PC: Available exclusively to Rogers customers

Rogers also announced a suite of exclusive applications for the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. These include:

  • Rogers My Account on Windows 8 tablets: To manage your wireless account
  • Rogers Anyplace TV Live for Windows Phone 8 and Rogers Anyplace TV (on demand) for Windows 8 Tablets: Featuring live games, news and channels such as Citytv, CBC, Teletoon, and Family Channel
  • Rogers One Number for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 Tablet

Rogers did not specify specific availability and pricing details but expect these details shortly as Windows 8 launches on October 26th and Windows Phone 8 on October 29th.

Rogers also announced it will be “the preferred Canadian wireless partner for the launch of Windows 8” thanks to its alliance with Microsoft.

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Late 2012 Verizon smartphone roadmap leaked?

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Sep 212012
 

VerizonA leaked Verizon handset roadmap has allegedly revealed the smartphones, including a number of higher-end ones, that the carrier will introduce by the year.

First up will be the LG Spectrum II in early October. Essentially a rebranded version of the LG Optimus LTE II, it will come with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4.7-inch display, and an 8MP camera. The oft-rumoured HTC DROID Incredible X (model ADR6435LVW also known as the HTC DIx) with its 5-inch display and LTE connectivity, looks set to follow in November. Sometime in the middle of Q4, you can also expect the Motorola DROID RAZR HD.

Windows Phone 8 will also be well represented. It looks like Verizon will offer the HTC Windows Phone 8X, Nokia Lumia 920, and Samsung ATIV S. All look set for a November release.

It should come as no surprise that there are no BlackBerry devices in the lineup. Verizon does not expect to offer RIM’s first BlackBerry 10 earlier than Q1 2013.

Other smartphones expected include the Samsung Stratosphere 2 with slide-out QWERTY keyboard and the Pantech Breakout. There could also be a few tablets including ZTE 7-inch and 10-models.

Read more: PhoneArena

Samsung Galaxy Note II and ATIV S coming to Canada “in the coming months”

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Aug 292012
 

Samsung Galaxy Note IIAfter Samsung’s UNPACKED 2012 event where it unveiled the new Samsung Galaxy Note II and introduced the ATIV family of Microsoft-powered devices, Samsung Canada provided the following statement about the Canadian availability of these new products:

“We are excited to support the Global announcement of the Samsung GALAXY Note 2, ATIV – Windows Phone 8 operating system devices and GALAXY Camera. Samsung Mobile is committed to providing unique and an intuitive user experience that goes beyond passive content consumption to a new world of productivity, active creation and personalized communications. We look forward to sharing product timing and Canadian availability details in the coming months.”

The statement covers both the Galaxy Note II and the Windows Phone 8-powered ATIV S but makes no mention of the Windows 8 ATIV devices (such as the ATIV Tab). Hopefully these will be announced a bit later.

Keep it locked here for more specific launch details.

IFA 2012: Windows Phone 8 Samsung ATIV S formally announced

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Aug 292012
 

Samsung ATIV SAs reported earlier today, Samsung formally announced its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Samsung ATIV S.

Samsung ATIV S specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5Ghz dual-core
  • Operating system: Windows Phone 8
  • Cellular connectivity: HSPA+/GPRS/EDGE
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz) Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC
  • Display: 4.8-inch HD (1280×720) Super AMOLED
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 16/32GB and microSD card slot
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP AF with LED Flash and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 1.9MP
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, USB 2.0
  • Battery: 2.300mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 137.2×70.5×8.7 millimeters / 135 grams

The company also confirmed that the ATIV brand will be used for its Windows-based devices. It explained that ATIV is the reverse order of the word VITA, meaning “Life” in Latin and “is a pledge by Samsung to make everyone’s life extraordinary with excitement.”

Samsung did not provide any availability (including Canada) and pricing details for the ATIV S but expect those to come closer to its launch.

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Rumour: Samsung to launch Windows Phone 8 Samsung ATIV S smartphone

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Aug 292012
 

A day after it came to light that Samsung had registered the Ativ S and Ativ Tab trademarks, The Verge has learned that Samsung will release a Windows Phone 8 as the Samsung ATIV S. As expected, Samsung will use the ATIV brand name for its Microsoft-powered smartphones and tablets.

Citing “sources familiar with the company’s plans,” the report indicates that the Samsung Ativ S will come with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a rear-facing 8MP camera, and front-facing 1.9MP one.

Rumoured Windows Phone 8 Samsung Ativ S

The report adds that Samsung could be the first to announce a Windows Phone 8 device. With its IFA 2012 UNPACKED event set for later today, we may not have to wait much longer.

Read more: The Verge

Samsung trademarks Ativ Tab and Ativ S brand names

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Aug 282012
 

Samsung’s branding for upcoming Windows Phone 8 smartphones and Windows 8 tablets may have been revealed. The company recently registered two new brand names: Ative Tab and Ativ S, giving us a hint as to what it may have in mind.

Samsung Ativ S and Tab logos

It may use the Ativ brand much as it already uses the Galaxy name for its Android devices. The Ativ brand name would identify devices powered by Microsoft’s latest operating systems. The ‘S’ and ‘Tab’ designations would then further help distinguish smartphones from tablets.

Samsung is expected to launch a number of Windows Phone 8 smartphones, including the Odyssey and Marco, along with a number of Windows 8 tablets and PCs this fall.

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