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Samsung’s First Windows Phone 8 Smartphone Arrives

Bedminster, N.J. — Verizon Wireless priced Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphone for the U.S. market at only $49.99.

Samsung’s 4G LTE-equipped Ativ Odyssey will be available to consumers on Thursday, Jan. 24, joining two other Windows Phone 8 smartphones available on the Verizon network. Those are the HTC Windows Phone 8X at $99 and the Nokia Lumia 822 at $49.

Despite its low price, the global-ready Odyssey features 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display (800 by 480), 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and FullHD 1080p recording, front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera for video chats,  Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, 8GB onboard storage, slot for 64GB MicroSD card and 2,100 mAh battery. A photo editor app lets users crop, rotate, and resize pictures; adjust contrast, RGB and hue; and add effects for sharing on Facebook, Picasa and Photobucket.

Users can back up and store information in the free Cloud service SkyDrive.

The phone’s global-ready capability provides voice and data service in more than 220 countries via quad-band GSM/EDGE and 3G HSPA/UMTS in the 2.1GHz band.

The phone can download any of the more than 120,000 quality apps and games in the Windows Phone Store, which early this year will begin to offer Pandora.