Windows Phone 8 is an all new mobile operating system and the devices running it are in great demand right now. Microsoft seems to have created the right interface people were looking for. Recently, AT&T launched Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820 and HTC 8X. Microsoft and Nokia haven’t been doing really well in the smartphone market in the recent past, but this time around they look like they’re equipped with products which will bring them success. Lumia 920 and 820 have been selling really well, partly due to their very reasonable price tag of $99.99 and $49.99 on a 2 year contract from AT&T, and to make the deal sweeter, AT&T is giving out free wireless chargers too.
A point worth noting is that Lumia 920 and 820, both of which are appealing, are exclusive devices from AT&T, which means you cannot buy it from any other carrier. That’s pretty bad for those who don’t want to deal with AT&T and still want to have a Windows Phone 8 device. As of now, only AT&T is offering WP8 devices, but very soon several other carriers will start offering too, and you will have more devices to choose from. Verizon is one such carrier which is all set to expand its own Windows Phone 8 roster.
An alleged photo of the Samsung ATIV Odyssey handset for the carrier’s network appeared on a popular twitter account @evleaks. Evleaks has leaked many pictures in the past and nearly all of them were accurate, so we can vouch for its credibility. Looking at the image, the device doesn’t seem to be very different from the Samsung ATIV S and is not an award winning design by any chance, but the point is that it’s a Windows Phone 8 device and has Verizon logo on it.
Microsoft had previously revealed the device at its Windows Phone 8 launch event last month, however, they decided to keep the appearance a secret. We can see the signature tiled interface of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system, demonstrating the home screen with news apps and games apart from other basic apps. Samsung had exposed two devices, including Odyssey and Marco, as part of their trial against Apple. During the trial, Samsung revealed that the upcoming Windows Phone 8 handsets will feature Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.5GHz MSM8960 chipset and the Marco would be just a lower-end version of Odyssey, just like how Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are related.
The Odyssey will be equipped with a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display. In July, the South Korean technology titan revealed that the touchscreen would feature HD resolution, an 8 mega-pixel rear camera and support for Near Field Communication (NFC), which means this device could be compatible Microsoft’s Wallet Hub and Tap + Send feature that is still in the pipeline. According to GSM Arena, the phone’s specs are comparable to Samsung’s Android flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Odyssey is understood to be labeled as I8370 and is anticipated to be priced between $615 and $738 SIM free. What are your thoughts on this?