Samsung ATIV Odyssey hands-on

Posted on Jan 8 2013 - 8:28pm by Phalgun Shenoy

samsung ativ odyssey

Samsung is a multi-platform smartphone manufacturer. They have Android, Bada, Java and Windows Phone devices, but for some reason they don’t have a Windows Phone 8 device in the market yet. If you are a fan of Windows Phone, you would know that Samsung was the first one to announce a Windows Phone 8 device, which is the Samsung ATIV Odyssey. The device was supposed to be launched in December last year, but for some reason the plan hasn’t been materialize, but now that CES 2013 is here, so is the Samsung ATIV Odyssey.

Several people got to have hands on experience with the device, and it’s great. The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is an entry-level Windows Phone, so don’t expect any flagship type of specs. The specs are quite generous for a Windows Phone device. It’s packing a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 4-inch WVGA display, dual-band Wifi a/b/g/n, 8GB internal storage, a 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front-facing cam. It also sports a removable 2,100mAh battery and microSD slot capable of supporting cards up to 64GB, which is great since devices such as Lumia 920 and HTC 8X don’t support this option.

Folks at PhoneArena have posted a hands on video and it has been embedded above. To start with, the screen is just 4 inch, which is kind of small since most of the Windows Phone 8 devices have bigger screen. 4 inch is actually pretty modest, but as you know most of the Android devices making debut at CES are having 5 inch plus screen sizes, but they all fall under the high end category and the device in question is an entry level device and will be priced appropriately.

The ATIV Odyssey is a Windows Phone 8 device, so obviously it will have all the features that Windows Phone 8 OS has got to offer, but there are few hardware limitations. The device doesn’t feature NFC and wireless charging capabilities, so if you are specifically looking for those features, then you should consider going for options available from Nokia and HTC. Other hardware limitations include the 5 megapixels camera. Apart from that, everything looks good with the device. Windows Phone experience has been enhanced by the company using couple of their own apps such as Samsung Now, which is a centralized weather, news and stocks app and is nicely laid out. Samsung Mini Diary is a note app with the ability to record location and you can draw sketches too.

Below is the spec sheet of ATIV Odyssey:

Platform: Windows Phone 8 OS
Display: 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen
Screen resolution: 800 x 480 pixels (WVGA)
Main camera: 5MP rear-facing snapper with LED flash, 1080p recording
Secondary webcam: 1.2MP front-mounted cam
Processor: 1.5GHz dual core chip
RAM: 1GB
On-board storage: 8GB, expandable up to 64GB via microSD card
Connectivity: 4G LTE and Wi-Fi
Battery capacity: 2100mAh

The pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet, but the device will be carried by Verizon and will be placed at a lower price point than the Lumia 922. What do you think about this device?

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