By Vamien McKalin | Nov 01, 2012 01:09 PM EDT
During the Windows Phone 8 launch event recently, a new device popped up and quickly caught our attention. The device in question is a new Samsung-branded Windows Phone 8 device called the ATIV Odyssey, a handset that could give the Lumia 920 a serious run for its money, if it turns out to be a different phone from the ATIV S.
The Windows Phone 8 launch event was great and with all the new features announced for Windows Phone 8, the platform is turning out to be something that can truly stand against the iPhone and Android devices.
At one point during the presentation, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, took the stage ad began to announce device availability among other things. During his presentation, a device called the Samsung ATIV Odyssey caught the media's attention. This handset is not device officially announced by Samsung, and it is not known if it is just Samsung ATIV S with a different name.
What if the ATIV Odyssey is a new Windows Phone 8 device? It is highly likely if certain court documents are to be taken seriously. The name Samsung Odyssey popped up in the Samsung and Apple trial as a handset with a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, NFC, and 4G. The name ATIV was not in the documents, which could mean Samsung didn't finalize the name of the phone or it is just another Android-based device.
One thing is certain, the Samsung ATIV Odyssey is not the ATIV S, and this is known due to one critical reason. On the presentation screen, every phone there had its picture up, the Odyssey instead had an image placeholder, citing the fact that no one has never seen this device before.
Steve Ballmer later said the Odyssey will be exclusive to Verizon, and availability is expected to be some time in December.
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