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.

Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. He first realized his love for technology when he burned through so many AA batteries on the original Game Boy that scraping battery acid off it became the norm.