Last night, I received an email from a trusted source with a tip about Samsung’s plans for their first Windows Phone 8 device. It looks like Samsung is going to be milking their upcoming Galaxy S III for all it’s worth, as the Korean smartphone maker plans to use Galaxy S III (hardware and design) as the basis for its new Windows Phone 8 device, currently dubbed, the Samsung Focus S II. Samsung is supposedly going to make the Focus S line the “Galaxy S” of Windows Phones.
My source tells me that because of the drastic changes in the Windows Phone 8 OS, Samsung will be able to use the Galaxy S III’s faster processor, bigger and higher resolution display and of course, LTE, which will make swapping over specs into a Windows Phone device, “easy as pie.” Here are some of the bullet points I was given:
- Faster dual/quad core processor (depending on region)
- 4.7-inch HD display
- 12-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera
- NFC capabilities
- Dedicated camera button
- Samsung Cloud Support
- Improved Photo Studio
- LTE support
I was told that the overall design of the next Focus S II, will be very similar to the Galaxy S III, but with Windows Phone branding, a dedicated camera button and a slight difference on how the buttons would be laid out (it was not made clear if this meant positioning or if they meant physical vs capacitive). The phone will be coming to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, with a TBD for T-Mobile, as they will not have an LTE network when the Focus S II goes on sale, this “October.”
The idea of porting over the Galaxy S III is not that far fetched, as the Samsung Focus S is basically a modified Galaxy S II, but from why my source is saying, the Focus S II will resemble the Galaxy S III much more than the Focus S did to the Galaxy S II.
We are currently trying to get more details and we’ll post anything as soon as we get it.
(My source originally contacted me at TechHog, but we decided to break the story on WP Life first.)
Via our sister site, WP Life