Launched earlier this month (in limited quantities) in select markets, the Samsung Ativ S will be also released in China at some point – since the handset has been certified by Chinese authorities just recently.
There is no word if the Ativ S will be offered by any of China’s three mobile carriers, though. If not, customers will be able to buy it unlocked (CNMO believes its price will be higher than 4,000 yuan – $642).
As you probably already know, the Samsung Ativ S features a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD display (a la Galaxy S III), dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front-facing camera, 16GB of internal memory, and MicroSD card support.
At the moment, there are several Windows Phone 8 handsets that can be bought in China unlocked, including the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X. Starting early January, China Mobile will offer the Lumia 920T (which is already available for pre-order).
The Ativ S isn’t Samsung’s only Windows Phone 8 device. The company has also announced the Ativ Odyssey. This is supposed to be released by Verizon in the US before the end of the year – however, since we haven’t heard anything about it lately, it might not hit the shelves this month. In any case, when it finally arrives, the Ativ Odyssey could be offered for free with a new Verizon contract agreement.
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