When it comes to Windows Phone 8 handsets, you pretty much have two brand choices: Nokia and HTC. Soon that will change though, as the Samsung Ativ S, Huawei Ascend W1 and Huawei Ascend W2 will all preparing to join the fray.
Will other brands make their way into the world of Windows Phone 8? Likely yes, but the only devices we are really regularly hearing about joining the party are from Samsung and Huawei. You might be thinking, “Wasn’t the Samsung Ativ S a launch handset?”
Early on it was expected to touch down right away but seems to be delayed. To my knowledge it has yet to arrive in any market.
Samsung’s device has been previously pointed out as being too much like their Android offerings, such as the Samsung Galaxy S3. While the Nokia and HTC devices clearly look different from your average Android handset, the Samsung Ativ S would look perfectly at home running Android. That being said, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
While there is probably a small percentage of Windows Phone 8 users that are coming from Apple devices, odds are that the majority are Android converts. Having a device that looks and familiar might be exactly what some of these users are after.
That being said, Samsung is also a brand that many from the Windows Phone 7 world will likely want to avoid. Why? Previous Samsung Windows Phone support has been nothing less than awful, with OS updates being considerably behind.
Many Samsung WP handsets are stuck with very old versions of the mobile OS, and so it’s hard to really want to support Samsung in this endeavor.
As for the hardware, the device itself looks to be a bit of a beast. The Ativ S features a dual-core Qualcomm S4 1.5GHz processor, a 4.8-inch HD display, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 2,300 mAh battery.
Even better, the device has micro-SD and a removable battery, something not found on most of the other Windows Phone 8 handsets.
It is also worth noting that eventually Verizon is getting a lower-end (in comparison) Samsung exclusive Windows Phone 8 handset, the Samsung Ativ Odyssey.
So what can we expect from the Ascend W1 and Ascend W2? Honestly, we don’t know that much about the Ascend W2, other than a leaked photo.
From the sounds of it, the W2 will also be a more premium handset and will likely have more RAM than the somewhat paltry 512MB found on the Huawei Ascend W1.
Known specs for the Ascend W1 include a 4-inch WVGA display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, the aforementioned 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Other specs include a 5MP back camera, .3MP front camera and a 2000 mAh battery.
I also have to admit, there is something about the front of this phone I really like. Sure, the specs aren’t all that great here, but the phone manages a style that to me looks different from the HTC/Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices but still manages to set itself apart from the Android crowd as well.
So what do you think?
Any of the upcoming Huawei or Samsung Windows Phone 8 handsets tempt you so far, or are you more interested in what Nokia and HTC bring to the table?