Samsung launches first Windows phone

  • Samsung has announced the launch of a new smartphone using Microsoft’s latest mobile software, becoming the first handset maker to do so.

    The move has come as a surprise to industry expects, just days before the highly awaited launch of Nokia's version.

    The brief announcement was made on Wednesday at a Berlin electronics show and comes amid expectations that smartphone makers may increasingly look to Windows devices after a U.S. jury ruled that many of Samsung's Google Android-based phones infringed Apple patents.

    Samsung's new phone called ATIV S comes with a high-end 4.8-inch display, Corning "Gorilla" glass, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.

    Nokia, once the world's leading producer of phones, is expected to launch its new Lumia line of smartphones using Windows Phone 8 on September 5.