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Samsung Planning at Least Two Windows Phone 8 Products

The latest bit published over at The Verge suggests that Samsung has at least two Windows 8 phones in the works. Code-named Odyssey and Marco, both models are based on Qualcomm's MSM8960, which was announced more than a year ago as the world's first dual-core SoC with integrated multi-mode 3G/LTE modem. The 8960 is tied to dual-channel LP DDR memory as well as Qualcomm's Adreno 225 GPU. The Verge noted that the 8960 has been used by Microsoft for Windows Phone 8 reference devices.

The Odyssey NFC phone will apparently use a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with "HD resolution" and come with an 8-megapixel rear camera. The Marco appears to be more down to earth with a 4-inch S-AMOLED display with WVGA resolution and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The launch of both phones is anticipated for Q4 of this year.

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  • ewood
    Im excited for these. I wanted a lumia 900 but im locked into verizon. Maybe one of these will let me try out windows phone x
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  • cknobman
    I really hope Sprint picks up a Windows 8 phone because if not I guess I will jump ship to one of the @sshole carriers (Verizon or ATT).
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  • teh_chem
    Curious why Nokia hasn't been kept-on with the next WP releases (unless they have, and we're not told of it). While Nokia has seen tough-times recently, their WP hardware got excellent feedback from users. I would have assumed that MS would want to continue with that relationship.
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  • DroKing
    Meh Id rather Nokia's. I'm an nostalgia bastid. LONG LIVE NOKIA. Samsung, you make some nice products and all but you can keep it :)
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  • zak_mckraken
    If Samsung jumps on the WP8 bandwagon, maybe we can have some serious competition in the phone market! And since there's little hope for RIM to come back in the game, it's welcome news. Competition = good.
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  • Of course this is going to happen. Both Samsung and Google stole so much from Apple that after Samsung loses in court to Apple, it will be easier for Samsung to fall back on WP than to actually innovate and create its own designs.

    Windows Phone is great, but Samsung is not; it's a thieving, conniving, evil company that has never had a single original idea. Please Samsung, stop stealing, and focus on creating components for competent and innovative designers to use, like Apple and Nokia, so they can continue to build great products!

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  • booyaah
    MS should just ditch Nokia and go Samsung so they can get more phones on Verizon.
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  • dthx
    WP8MAN_2k12Windows Phone is great, but Samsung is not; it's a thieving, conniving, evil company that has never had a single original idea. Please Samsung, stop stealing, and focus on creating components for competent and innovative designers to use, like Apple and Nokia, so they can continue to build great products!I know you'll be downvoted for that, but I second you on this claim.
    I am all against the Apple's ways of claiming they invent everything while they are themselves just copying other people's concept (and they don't even improve the functionnality but instead just make it more "bling bling" with fancy animations to please their sheeps). But Samsung is known (and not only in the IT sector) for being a copycat company. They never invented anything and worst of all, they even dare charging a premium price for their so "inspired" designs !!! I would not say the same about companies such as HTC who really bring something extra to the android experience (you may like sense or not, but they try to bring an added value). Regarding your claim that Google stole things from Apple, I quite don't see what it could be? Windows Mobile could already do most of the things that an Android device or iPhone can do (years in advance) and the Android GUI has always had years of advance on the iPhone. It may be more choppy, slower,... but Android always had the widgets, drop down notifications menu, folders,...
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  • headscratcher
    My contract is up in Q4 and I am really hoping for a competent Win8 phone. I am interested in Blackberry 10, but don't have much faith left in the company.

    I spend about half my time messaging in one way or another, in which Blackberry is the best, and the other half the time wishing I had a better screen and more apps. So, can't have best of both worlds.
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  • Bloob
    teh_chemCurious why Nokia hasn't been kept-on with the next WP releases (unless they have, and we're not told of it). While Nokia has seen tough-times recently, their WP hardware got excellent feedback from users. I would have assumed that MS would want to continue with that relationship.Nokia is expected to reveal it's next-gen WP devices next month. WP8 will use Nokias mapping solutions, and WP will be Nokias only smartphone platform.
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