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Samsung Ativ S delayed until next year, reports say

The stupidly named smart phone is powered by Windows Phone 8, but may not be on sale until 2013.

Samsung's first Windows Phone 8 mobile -- the stupidly-named Ativ S -- could be delayed until next year, reports suggest.

The 4.8-inch device won't see shop shelves this side of Christmas, SamMobile reports, saying it's received information that the Ativ S is going to be shipping from week 52 of this year. Calendar enthusiasts will tell you that's the very last week of the year, meaning we almost certainly wouldn't see the Ativ S in the UK until January.

There's no official word from Samsung yet on a release date for the Ativ S, but it's fair to say that since its unveiling at the end of August, this slender smart phone has dropped off the radar -- eclipsed by Windows Phone 8 devices that did make it into shops, like the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X.

One possible reason for a delay could be that the phone, which stormed its way into our top five worst-named products of IFA 2012, uses the same screen as the hugely popular Samsung Galaxy S3.

Both mobiles feature a 4.8-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED panel, and if Samsung is trying to decide which phone to make more of, my bet is that it would opt for the hot-selling, Olympic-sponsoring S3, rather than the unproven Windows Phone 8 gadget.

In the UK, O2 is going to be selling the Ativ S, but its product page still lists the phone as 'coming soon'. I've contacted Samsung for more information on the delay, and will update this story if I hear anything.

Apart from a fractionally larger display, the Ativ S doesn't appear to offer much over the Lumia 920, which impressed in our review. We haven't had a chance to award the Ativ S a star rating yet, but if you simply can't wait to throw your cash at a Microsoft-powered mobile then Nokia's option is a decent choice.

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