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Rumoured Samsung Windows Phone 8 devices – what you need to know

Samsung has been king of the Android platform for some time now, but it seems that the South Korean manufacturer is not satisfied.

It has been revealed that Samsung is planning not one, but two high-end devices for the upcoming Windows Phone 8 OS.

The details came to light as the court battle between Apple and Samsung got underway yesterday, in what is sure to be one of many juicy titbits of information to come to light in the coming weeks.

Samsung has used the Windows Phone OS before, but has kept the devices largely mid-to-low end. So what do we know about these latest devices?

Samsung Windows Phone 8 devices

Codenamed Marco and Odyssey, the smartphones are allegedly set to be released at the end of 2012 and come packed with powerful features including dual-core Qualcomm processors and support for LTE.

The Odyssey is set to feature a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display, in addition to an 8MP rear camera. The Marco offers a slight variant with a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display and a 5-megapixel camera.

Samsung are yet to confirm if the rumours are true, but what is more certain is that Nokia is likely to pip Samsung to the post.

The Finnish manufacturer is expected to showcase its Windows Phone 8 devices, the Lumia 910 and Lumia 920, at a ‘World Event’ later this year.

Windows Phone 8 features

Windows Phone 8 supports two new screen resolutions – 1280×768 and 1280×0720 – making it compatible with new handsets that offer high-definition 720p displays. Nokia also claims that the multi-core support means it will be able to handle any future hardware.

Internet Explorer 10 also features on the next version of Windows Phone, providing the same web browsing engine as the one that will feature on tablets and PCs.

Though a release date for Windows Phone 8 devices remains a mystery, both Nokia and Samsung will have some work to do to switch users’ allegiances from Android and iOS.

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