Galaxy S3 vs Ativ S: Will You Buy Android Smartphone King or Wait for Samsung's WP 8 Handset?

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Galaxy S3 vs Ativ S: Will You Buy Android Smartphone King or Wait for Samsung's WP 8 Handset?

South Korean tech giant, Samsung is constantly adding new handsets to its portfolio to retain its position of the world's largest smartphone vendor. Interestingly, the company has made it evident that it is not only coming up with Android handsets, but also Windows Phone devices by unveiling the first official Windows Phone 8 smartphone – Ativ S, which is still awaiting its release.

Further, market researchers have estimated that Samsung will achieve a sales figure of 61.5 million units in Q4 2012. In order to achieve this milestone, Galaxy S3, the flagship smartphone of Samsung seems to be helping the company.

As of now, Galaxy S3 is the hottest selling Android handset in the world and it has achieved over 30 million sales in just five months of its release. Moreover, recently, Samsung has rolled out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade to the handset.

When it comes to the availability in India, Galaxy S3 is priced at Rs 34,900 and Rs 43,180 for 16GB and 32GB variants respectively. On the other hand, Ativ S, which is reportedly arriving in India in December is listed by online retailers – Infibeam and Ezoneonline without a price tag.

Hence, if you are planning to upgrade to a high-end smartphone in December, which one will be your choice? Will you buy the Galaxy S3 or wait for the release of Ativ S?

Read the spec comparison below before you decide.

Dimensions & Weight: Galaxy S3 carries a dimension of 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and weighs around 133 grams and Ativ S boasts a dimension of ATIV S measures 137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7 mm in dimension and weighs in at 135 grams.

Display: When it comes to display, both Galaxy S3 and Ativ S flaunt similar 4.8 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen displays with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution.

Processor: In this segment, Galaxy S3 is equipped with the Exynos 4412 Quad chipset with less power consumption and high 3D performance, whereas, Ativ S is equipped with 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor offering higher multimedia performance.

Operating System: This is the interesting segment of the comparison as Galaxy S3 launched with Android ICS is gradually receiving Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade and Ativ S is based on Windows Phone 8, the latest incarnation of Microsoft's mobile platform.

Galaxy S3 Specifications 

Ativ S Specifications

When it comes to software features, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes with Project Butter, which offers faster, smoother and responsive performance, on-screen navigation buttons, expandable and contractible Android notifications, resizable App Widgets functionality, high resolution contact photos, Android Beam app and more.

At the same time, Windows Phone 8 has improved features like dynamic Live Tile Information, social network integration in the People hub, Skydrive and Office 365 documents synchronization, Facebook-events integrated calendar, visual voicemail, threaded email conversations support and many more.

Camera: Again, in this segment, both the smartphones have an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash and a 1.9MP front camera for video calling purposes.

Storage: On the storage front, Galaxy S3 comes in three variants - 16GB/32GB/64GB of which 64GB is yet to be released, 2GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable storage.

In comparison, Ativ S has 16GB/32GB internal memory options, 1GB RAM and a micro SD card slot for expandable memory, which is missing in most Windows Phone handsets.

Connectivity: In terms of connectivity, both the handsets are packed with features including Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC and micro USB 2.0.

Battery: Galaxy S3 is loaded with a 2,100 mAh Li-ion battery, which offers 11.5 hours talk time and 790 hours standby and Ativ S has a 2,300 mAh Li-ion battery of undisclosed backup.


Both Galaxy S3 and Ativ S are high-end smartphone siblings with an impressive set of specifications.

Detailing on the software features, Galaxy S3 scores an upper hand with features including S Voice – voice assistant, Direct Call – allowing users to instantly call a contact on screen simply by taking the device near to the ear and Smart Stay – an eye tracking software apart from the other S features.

At the same time, Ativ S is reportedly perfect for enjoying business and entertainment related applications and is designed to deliver high performance with its slightly improved battery capacity.

Primarily, the buying decision depends on the choice of the OS – Android or Windows Phone apart from which both the handsets have almost similar specifications and on the price of the smartphone as Galaxy S3 is priced at Rs 34,900 and Ativ S is estimated to be priced starting Rs 30,000 approximately.


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