Samsung's New Line Rolls Dice on Windows

Phonemaker unveils new phone, tablet using Microsoft OS instead of Android
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2012 9:23 AM CDT
Damain Cusick, general manager Samsung Electronics UK, unveils the new ATIV S, a Windows 8 smartphone at a Samsung event in Berlin, Aug. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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(Newser) – Samsung unveiled a slate of new products today, including some that (gasp!) don't run on Android. The electronics company showed off a new line of Windows 8-based products, including a 10.1-inch tablet and a 4.8-inch smartphone, the Wall Street Journal reports. "It's highly likely that Samsung will seek to reduce its dependence on Google," one analyst explained—though others pointed out that Windows phones haven't exactly been flying off the shelves for Nokia.

The new phone has some pretty impressive specs, boasting a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage, and a battery even bigger than the Galaxy S III's, Gizmodo reports. But the design, they add, is merely decent. "It's not as sleek and good-looking as the Galaxy S III. … Nokia's definitely got some competition, which is a good thing, but it would be even better if this thing were just drop dead gorgeous." (Read more Nokia stories.)

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