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Verizon Announces Samsung's Ativ Odyssey Windows Phone

U.S. carrier Verizon has announced the first Windows Phone device manufactured by Samsung, the Ativ Odyssey.

Originally announced during the fall of 2012 at Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 launch event, the smartphone boasts a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen with a WVGA resolution of 800x480 pixels.

Powering the Ativ Odyssey is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, accompanied by a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with flash; it supports 1080p HD video capture and sports a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera.

In addition to 4G LTE compatibility, a microSD card slot supports up to 64 GB off-board memory, while internal storage is 8 GB. Powering the screen is a 2,100 mAh battery.

The Ativ Odyssey, which is a global-ready phone, was originally scheduled for a December launch. The current release schedule is "soon".

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