At the company’s Windows Phone 8 launch event this morning, Microsoft announced that the Samsung ATIV Odyssey will make its way to Verizon in time for the holidays. Not much is known about the ATIV Odyssey, though previous rumors have suggested the Odyssey was a codename for the ATIV S device, which Samsung unveiled back at IFA in August.
The ATIV S is a beast of a smartphone, complete with a 4.8″ Super AMOLED display with 1,280 x 720 resolution, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and an 8 megapixel rear shooter. Samsung’s Windows Phone 8 flagship also comes with a 1.9 megapixel HD front-facing camera, NFC, and a microSD expansion for added storage. The ATIV S notoriously lacked support for any LTE networks, though if the Odyssey is indeed the ATIV S, it’ll likely be a slightly adapted model to support Verizon’s speedy 4G LTE network.
Of course, the Odyssey could be a completely different device altogether. With a release date set for December 2012, we shouldn’t have to wait too much longer to find out what Samsung and Verizon have in store for would-be Windows Phone 8 owners. The Odyssey will join a fairly beefed up Windows Phone 8 launch on Verizon’s network; Big Red will carry the Lumia 822 and HTC 8X at launch.