[CES 2013] After Nokia showed the smartphone world what a dedicated phone manufacturer could do with the Windows 8 platform, a number of other manufacturers like HTC have been jumping on the Windows 8 bandwagon. One of the most popular Android-phone manufacturers, Samsung, has announced their throwing their hat into the Windows 8 ring with their first official device to run Microsoft’s mobile platform.

Samsung’s ATIV Odyssey, which was leaked a few months ago through a promotional image, has a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, whose resolution is 800×480, and has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of 1080p recording, and a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera. The ATIV Odyssey is Global Ready, has 8GB of flash memory and supports microSD cards up to 64GB. The ATIV Odyssey’s specs may not be as impressive as Samsung’s Galaxy S III, but in the world of Windows Phone, devices don’t necessarily need to have super-charged specs in order for them to be good.

As is expected from Samsung smartphones, the ATIV Odyssey comes with a suite of exclusive applications such as a Photo Editor, Mini Diary and “Now,” which provides users with weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly.

The Samsung ATIV Odyssey will be made available in the coming weeks on Verizon Wireless.

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