Take this with a grain of salt as the prices have not yet been confirmed by Samsung officially. Samsung has revealed several of its upcoming devices, mobile phones, tablets and laptops, on the IFA in Berlin. Among the devices were the Samsung Ativ S, a phone running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system. It is actually the first revealed phone that is running the operating system.
Up until now we did not know anything about pricing or availability. A Dutch online store has now added the Samsung Ativ S in black to its catalog. It is listed for €549 on the store, which could be the real price or a placeholder price. A price of €549 is about $690; remember that this includes taxes already and that it is not subsidized by a provider.
The Windows Phone 8 smartphone can’t be ordered yet. You can however enter your name, email or mobile phone number to receive an email or free SMS when the phone becomes available. Rumor has it that Windows Phone 8 will officially be released on October 29, only three days after Windows 8 becomes available.
Probably even more interesting than the Samsung Ativ S is the Samsung Ativ Tab 10.1 which the store lists as well. This is one of the new Windows RT tablets that will be available around launch of the Windows 8 operating system.
The 10.1 inch tablet is listed for €699 which puts it roughly in the same ballpark as Apple’s top of the line iPad with 64 Gigabyte of storage (WiFi only). The storage of the Ativ device is not listed in the store which means that it can either be the 32 or 64 Gigabyte variant.
We do not know if the prices are final or placeholders, and it will likely take another month or two before we find that out.
The tablet price is definitely near the top end of the scale, and it will be interesting to see how low prices can get in regards to Windows RT tablets. While I do not think that we will see a Windows RT tablet for $199, we may see some low end devices starting at $299 after all. (via Beatmaster)