samsung-ativ-s-backSamsung is putting the disappointment of last week’s ruling on the back burner for now — more pressing matters are at hand, like the Korean company’s beautiful new Windows Phone 8 device, dubbed ATIV S, that was just unveiled at IFA. It’s built with Galaxy S III stylings, but it looks like something snatched right out of 2050; the phone from the future.

At long last, Samsung is ditching its love-affair with tawdry plastic and instead opting for a brushed aluminum chassis. Measuring in at just 8.7mm, the device will sport a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display (Gorilla Glass 2), 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel rear cam (1.9-megapixel front) and 16GB or 32GB options. Additionally, both will have slots for microSD expandable storage, and come with a 2300mAh batter. Samsung just checked off some “Must Need” features for smartphone 101.

samsung-ativ-s-in-handAccording to WindowsTeamBlog, the ATIV S feels “impressive.” Not too big, very thin, and ergonomic in the hand — perhaps, at least to my eyes, one of the best designed Samsung devices ever. Combine the handset’s looks with the luster of Windows Phone 8, and I’d say the company has a genuine competitor on its hands, not just in the WP stratosphere, but against Android and iOS. This is the stuff Windows Phone needs to make a push into the mainstream.

“The ATIV S is flat-out beautiful, and it has the guts to match,” WindowsTeamBlog wrote. Yep, sounds about right judging from the photos. All we know is that the device is “coming this year.” What I really want to interpret that to say, “Immediately.”

Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Hopefully we’ll find out some more concrete details about the device in the coming weeks. If you weren’t excited about Windows Phone 8 before, Samsung may just have given you a reason to, at the very least, take a test drive of Microsoft’s mobile OS.

[via WindowsTeamBlog]