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Samsung to release two Windows Phone 8 devices in 'Odyssey' and 'Marco'

Earlier this morning we brought news of a Windows Phone 8 SDK leak that revealed a few more handy features set to be included in Microsoft’s new platform. Now, reports suggest that these new features could be enjoyed on forthcoming Samsung phones, as documents submitted in the Apple v Samsung trial show the Korean firm is prepping two Windows Phone 8 handsets.

The “Confidential and Proprietary” document posted on The Verge details both an “Odyssey” and “Marco” phone. Each model is listed as running the Qualcomm MSM8960 LTE enabled chipset – a dual-core 1.5GHz system-on-a-chip that Microsoft has been using to test Windows Phone 8.

The brief spec run-down shows the Odyssey will be the higher-end of the two phones. It is purported to sport a 4.65in Super AMOLED HD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera and NFC (Near Field Communication) technology.

After research showed that Android – typically run by Samsung devices - were particularly susceptible to NFC-based hacks, perhaps Samsung is entering the Windows Phone 8 sphere because it feels more comfortable with Microsoft’s NFC tech. More obvious is its intention to capitalise on the much-hyped Wallet Hub payment app set to feature on WP 8, which uses NFC.

The Marco meanwhile, will have a 4in Super AMOLED display with WVGA (800 x 480) resolution and a 5-megapixel rear camera – making a more modest price-tag likely. The document heads with “Q4”, and if a fourth quarter release is indeed fulfilled these Samsung models should be out just as the new Windows OS is let loose.

This new leak marks the first day of Samsung and Apple’s high-profile court case taking place in San Jose; a trial that could provide some of the most pivotal developments to date in the ongoing patent dispute between the two firms.