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Samsung Ativ S Windows Phone 8 handset goes on preorder for £432

Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8 handset, the Ativ S (also known as the i8750) has been placed on preorder for £432 by online retailer Handtec, which isn't an unreasonable price for a high-end handset that is unlocked.

The device, which was unveiled back in August at IFA in Germany, comes with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 system-on-chip clocked at 1.5GHz, a 4.8in HD Super AMOLED display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.9-megapixel front facing one, full HD recording, 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, 16GB onboard storage, a massive 2,300mAh battery, NFC, Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS as well as HSPA+ 42Mbps compatibility.

Weighing 135g and at 8.7mm thick, the Ativ S is every bit as svelte and portable as its Android alter ego, the S3.

Other features include Samsung’s own content, and services like Family Story, ChatOn, Music Hub, Zone, Mini Diary and Photo Editor. As expected though, there’s no TouchWiz user interface, as there is in the case of the Android OS.

The Ativ S is more expensive than the HTC Windows 8X (available on preorder for £399) but cheaper than the Nokia Lumia 920 (available on preorder for £470).

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