Samsung this morning unveiled a new line of devices under the name ATIV — a collection of tablets, convertible notebooks and phones based on Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating systems.

The ATIV S phone is particularly interesting as the first Windows Phone 8 device to be publicly announced.

The device will come with 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and run on HSPA+ (no LTE, which suggests it’s destined for T-Mobile in the U.S., according to CNET.). It has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display but is super-thin, at 8.7 millimeters. Features include NFC support. No word yet on pricing or specific date of availability.

Ben Rudolph on Microsoft’s official Windows Phone Blog has more details, noting that the home button is a raised physical button, not a capacitive button.

In case you were wondering, ATIV is backwards for “VITA,” the Latin word for “life” … of course.

Here’s a gallery of pictures from Samsung.

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  • Guest

    Oh snap, it’s a rectangle with rounded corners. Cue Apple infringement lawsuit in 3, 2, 1…

  • Guest

    I’m confused! Isn’t this an iPhone?

    • guest

      yes, only one nobody buys.

      • Mike_Acker

        make no mistake aapl has generated a tremendous amount of animosity in the market. for us rotten apples are the one thing we will not consider under any circumstances.

  • John Nelson

    local developers interested in the Windows 8 Mobile are invited to my event next week.

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