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Samsung Confirms Ativ S 2012 Launch

Although initial doubts tipped Samsung's Ativ S smartphone to be delayed until next year, the South Korean technology giant has confirmed that the handset will release before year's end.

Originally scheduled for a mid-November release upon its announcement at a Windows Phone 8 event during the latter stages of October, the Ativ S has been the subject of several delays.

"We've heard from HQ that the product will be available by the end of this year," a Samsung spokesperson told TechRadar. Unfortunately, the representative didn't divulge information regarding an exact Samsung Ativ S release date.

The Ativ S boasts 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB onboard storage, support for NFC, a microSD card slot and a 2,300mAh battery pack. It's powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 model clocked at 1.5Ghz, as well as an Adreno 225 GPU.

It also delivers a rear 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and a front facing 1.9-megapixel camera, while its 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display features a 1,280 x 720 resolution that's covered with Gorilla Glass 2.

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