Samsung planning Odyssey and Marco WP8 devices

Nokia has been keen on pushing Windows Phone to its users, and since it has stopped its development effort on Maemo platform, and it’s also not going to use Android in near future, the only operating system they are left with for their smartphones is Windows Phone, and it is very good too.

Nokia had previously said that they would be releasing two Windows Phone 8 handsets in September, but seems like Nokia isn’t all alone. There are various manufacturers out there who make Windows Phone devices, of which Samsung plays a reasonable role. Samsung is always involved in some kind of legal battle with Apple, and these court filings always give away some important news. This time, the filings have revealed Samsung’s WP8 roadmap, and the handsets there sound pretty convincing.

According to the evidences found via court filings, Samsung will be coming up with not one, but two Windows Phone 8 devices – the Samsung Odyssey and Marco. The Odyssey sounds like a flagship device for Sammy’s Windows Phone business. Odyssey carries rather impressive hardware specs, including 4.65″ HD Super AMOLED display, 8MP camera, NFC and LTE connectivity, made available by Qualcomm’s MSM8960 SoC – this is a 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor. If you have been following Windows Phone 8 closely, you would heard that Microsoft’s Windows Phone engineering team has been testing the new operating system on Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset for quite some time now, and apparently even Odyssey uses the same.

Samsung Marco on the other hand will be placed lower than Odyssey, but will carry equally good specs, including a 4″ Super AMOLED screen with 480×800 pixels, 5MP camera, no NFC, but uses the same 1.5GHz dual-core S4 and LTE connectivity that is used in its bigger brother. It’s worth noting that Qualcomm MSM8960 also supports 21Mbps HSPA+ connectivity.

To have a closer look at how the chipset will perform, above is an image comparing benchmark of MSM8960 with other devices. Sprint has shown keen interest in Windows Phone 8 device running MSM8960, and to keep a track, Sprint isn’t selling any Windows Phone 7.5 devices as of now and the only device that they sold was HTC Arrive in March. These Sammy devices may make to Sprint when launched.

Launch of Windows Phone 8 will revolutionize the smartphone business. Windows Phone 8 is essentially a new generation of the operating system that is just round the corner. All previous version of Windows Phone operating systems had Windows CE based architecture at the core, but with Windows Phone 8, Microsoft will be moving on to Windows NT kernel and will have many of its components taken from Windows 8, thus allowing applications to be easily ported between the two platforms. The current Windows Phone 7.5 has many basic features unavailable and Windows Phone 8 is expected to have all those missing features, apart from many additional features.

Also, we will see much powerful phones running Windows Phone 8 in future. As far as Windows Phone 8’s hardware support capability is questioned, the operating system supports processors with as many as 64 cores and a 720p high resolution displays, thanks to its Windows NT kernel.

Microsoft currently accounts for just 3% of the total smartphone market whereas Apple rules 34% with its iPhone. This is all set to change with the launch of Windows Phone 8. Both the Samsung Windows Phone 8 devices are listed for Q4 availability, and we hope these phones to retail in October/November. Samsung’s Windows Phone 8 flagship device will be as fascinating as its Android flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S III, but it is rumored that at least one of the Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 device will be featuring Nokia’s Pure View technology, which is basically a pixel oversampling technique that reduces an image shot at full resolution to a lower resolution image while acquiring higher definition and light sensitivity in the process, and also enabling lossless zoom. Currently, Nokia 808 PureView is the only device to feature this technology and it uses a 41 megapixel camera. Samsung will have a tough time dealing with Nokia when it comes to imaging technology.

It’s worth noting that Samsung is one of the few companies who recorded profit in the last quarter, where the South Korean company showed a figure of $5.9 billion, while most other companies including LG, HTC and Apple have experienced losses. Will Samsung continue to thrive in this financial bad luck? What are your thoughts on these WP8 devices from Samsung? Let us know using the comment forms below.

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