Thursday, January 3, 2013
Posted by Saad Hashmi at 3:40 PM —
Remember the Samsung ATIV Odyssey? We wouldn't blame you if you didn't — and at this point we aren't even sure if Samsung remembers either. Verizon originally announced the handset (in name alone) at the Meet Windows Phone 8 event last November, and subsequently promised a December 2012 release date. Last we checked, we've already cured our New Year's Eve hangovers and yet Verizon's mysterious device remains unseen (figuratively).
Today, the ATIV Odyssey has finally resurfaced in some form; WPCentral has acquired a detailed specifications list comparing the new handset to its Verizon WP8 stablemates (see the original image after the break). Just as we surmised from analyzing the leaked render, the Odyssey doesn't live up to the epic nature of its moniker and is instead a mid-range handset.
Key specifications include a 4-inch Super AMOLED display (WVGA), a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon S4, a 5-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video, a 1.2-megapixel front camera with 720p video, 8 GB of internal storage, a MicroSD card slot, and 1 GB of RAM. The ATIV Odyssey does defeat Verizon's other Windows Phones by featuring the largest capacity battery — a whopping 2100 mAh cell, which is removable. It is unclear when the Odyssey will be released, but a CES 2013 showing next week is more than likely. The handset should be offered for free when it launches.