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The Samsung Ativ S sports WP8

Back in August 2012, the Samsung Ativ S was the first Windows Phone 8 handset to be announced. It will be available outside the U.S. at the end of November. Unfortunately, Samsung has no plans yet to bring the device to any U.S. carrier.

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Microsoft's new mobile OS

The Ativ S runs on Microsoft's new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8, which features more apps, a safe-for-kids parental feature, and a customizable lock screen.

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Groupon on your lock screen

The Ativ S sports the new WP8 lock screen where third party apps, like Groupon deals, can advertise its promotional deals.

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A 1.9-megapixel camera

Above the phone's 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display is its 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.

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8 megapixels in the back

On the back, the handset houses an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash.

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A svelte design

With its 0.34-inch profile, the Ativ S is the thinnest WP8 device offering.

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Getting to the camera

On its left, the device houses a shortcut camera button.

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Under the hood

The Ativ S has NFC capabilities. Powering it is a 2,500mAh battery and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

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