Windows Phone 8: Samsung Ativ S hits pre-order with £480 price tag, early-November release

Samsung is the latest smartphone superpower looking at early entry to the Windows Phone 8 party, with its recently unveiled Ativ S now outed as available for pre-order in the UK.

Anointed by online mobile retailer Handtec with a (speculative) £480 SIM-free price tag and an early-November general release, the Ativ S will join the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X as the first devices running the latest iteration of Microsoft's new mobile OS to be made available.

Featuring a characteristically expansive 4.8in Super AMOLED HD display, Samsung's latest handset will sport a dual-core processor clocking at 1.5GHz in the engine room, and come with 16GB of on-board storage as standard - a capacity easily (and cheaply) expandable via the handset's microSD card slot. The Ativ S will also offer an 8-megapixel primary camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing shooter in addition to a sizeable 2,300mAh battery.

Unfortunately for consumers looking for an alternative to high-end Android and iOS devices, Samsung's inaugural Windows Phone 8 effort won't run on the UK's new 4G LTE spectrum, though it does arrive fully NFC compatible - unlike a certain iPhone 5.

If superfast connectivity is a top priority and you're looking to take a punt on Windows Phone 8, the Nokia Lumia 920 looks like your best bet. See Will Dalton's recent feature for more on the UK's first round of 4G LTE compatible mobile devices.

At present, Phones 4u looks to be lined up as Samsung's preferred official retail partner, with the Ativ S currently listed in the "Coming soon" section of the high street mobile outlet's website alongside HTC's forthcoming Windows Phone 8 line-up.