Verizon (VZ) on Wednesday announced the availability of the Samsung (005930) ATIV Odyssey. The smartphone joins the HTC (2498) Windows Phone 8X and Nokia (NOK) Lumia 822 in Verizon’s lineup of Windows Phone 8 devices. The ATIV Odyssey is equipped with a 4-inch WVGA display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The device also features 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity, 8GB of onboard storage, a microSD slot and a 2,100 mAh battery. The Samsung ATIV Odyssey will be available online and in stores beginning January 24th for $49.99 with a new two-year agreement after a $50 mail-in rebate.
Looking for a Windows Phone 8 device with less color? Announced at the Windows Phone 8 launch by Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer, the Samsung (005930) ATIV Odyssey has been a tough smartphone nail down. The always-reliable Evleaks has released a press shot of the handset showing off a Samsung Galaxy S III-inspired device with Verizon (VZ) carrier branding. In terms of specs, PhoneArena believes the ATIV Odyssey will be a variant of the ATIV S and is rumored to have a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core processor, Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage and an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. The LTE-equipped smartphone is expected to arrive on Verizon by the end of December.