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Jul 30, 2012

Samsung Two Windows Phone 8 Devices, “Odyssey” and “Marco”




South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung is one of the handset vendors set to launch Windows Phone 8 devices when the new platform becomes available, and it seems that the company has at least two such smartphones ready.

As part of an ongoing lawsuit with Apple, Samsung brought as evidence said two Windows Phone 8 smartphones, codenamed "Odyssey" and "Marco." According to the company, both these smartphones will come to the market with dual-core application processors inside. To be more precise, the documents that Samsung showed to the court unveiled that these handsets are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon MSM8960 dual-core 1.5GHz chip, The Verge reports. This is the same SoC that Microsoft has been previously said to have been using for testing the upcoming platform release, meaning that Samsung’s devices will be fully optimized for Windows Phone 8.

Additionally, the aforementioned documents unveiled that both phones will pack support for LTE and HSPA+ 21Mbps connectivity. Samsung Odyssey will sport a 4.65-inch HD sAMOLED touchscreen display, while featuring an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, and a 2MP camera on the front. The handset will also become available with NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities, which means that it will provide users with support for Wallet Hub and Tap + Send features. Codenamed Marco, the second Samsung Windows Phone 8 handset will pack a 4-inch WVGA sAMOLED display, along with a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and a 2MP camera on the front.

Said documents also show that Samsung was planning to make these two available for purchase sometime in the fourth quarter of the year, in line with previous rumors on Windows Phone 8’s launch. When released, Windows Phone 8 will be loaded on devices coming from other handset vendors as well, including Nokia, which is considered to be Microsoft’s primary partner on this. The first Windows Phone 8 smartphones might become official in September, yet market availability is expected to occur only in October or November.

Windows Phone 8
Image credits to Microsoft

Samsung Windows Phone 8 devices
Image credits to The Verge

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