Verizon announces the Samsung Ativ Odyssey. Sprint’s first Windows Phone 8 handsets will be from HTC and Samsung
After many weeks of speculations, Verizon Wireless has finally announced its third Windows Phone 8 handset – the Samsung Ativ Odyssey, which was initially supposed to be launched in December 2012.
The Odyssey will be available at Verizon “in the coming” weeks. The largest US mobile carrier has not disclosed its price, but we’ve heard it may want to offer it for free on contract.
As previously reported, the Samsung Ativ Odyssey is a mid-end smartphone. Its features include LTE connectivity, a 4 inch Super AMOLED display with 800 x 480 pixels, 1GB of RAM, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 5MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, 1.2MP front-facing camera, a 2,100mAh battery, and MicroSD card support.
The other two Windows Phone 8 devices that Verizon is currently offering are the HTC 8X ($99.99 on contract), and the Nokia Lumia 822 (free on contract).
In other Microsoft-related news, Sprint has announced that its first two Windows Phone 8 handsets would be made by HTC and Samsung. Both will be launched “by summer” with “truly unlimited Sprint 4G LTE”. There aren’t exact details about the specs of the two new WP8 devices, but Sprint says they’ll bring an “impressive lists of features, including dual cameras enabling video chat, dual-core processors for enhanced internal speed between applications and support for expandable external memory.” Pricing details will be unveiled sometime later.