PC World, along with a variety of other sources, have suggested that the announcement of the official Windows Phone 8 will be on October 29th, four days after the anticipated launch of Windows 8. It is indicated that handsets powered by the highly raved about platform will begin hitting retail stores as early as two to three weeks after the aforementioned events.
As of now, different companies are already seizing the opportunity to promote products embedded with Microsoft’s new, intuitive interface. Amongst the most popular of these is Samsung, which has recently introduced its first Windows 8 phone, called the Ativ S, and announced two Win8 tablets: Ativ Smart and Ativ Smart Pro. Similar to Microsoft’s device, Samsung’s tablet includes a separate keyboard that can be magnetically attached to either the 10.1-inch or 11.6-inch models. With regards to the specs, on the other hand, the tablet comes with either the Windows RT or Windows 8 system, meaning that consumers have the option between the ARM processor or the Intel Core based processor. Both products will feature USB 3.0 ports and HDMI slots, and will include a stylus that allows one to navigate the Win8 interface with ease.
It is reasonable to believe, at least for now, that the Ativ S will be an equally impressive piece of hardware. According to TechHive, Samsung’s Win8 mobile phone, which is merely 0.34 inches thick, will feature such highlights as a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz Intel dual-core processor, and an NFC chip. The inclusion of NFC technology hints at the possible inclusion of either an e-wallet or payment application.
Following Samsung’s lead, it seems only a matter of time before major companies such as Nokia, HTC, and Huwei begin to introduce their own Win8 products. As mentioned in the previous article, Sony has already taken the initiative to announce the Vaio Duo 11, which some believe has the potential to become one of Surface’s major rivals. It is not unreasonable to expect Samsung to accomplish a similar feat with its Ativ Product line.
With the October launch date getting closer, many will likely have their eyes set on Microsoft’s game plan along with the potential wave of Windows 8 products that follow.