Nothing wrong with be last to the party as long as you show up right? Samsung and Verizon finally made the launch of the Samsung ATIV Odyssey official. Starting tomorrow you can pick up this mid-ranged Windows Phone 8 device for just $49 dollars on a two-year contract agreement.

Specs for the Odyssey include a 4 inch Super AMOLED display at 480×800 resolution, 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor, 5MP camera with 1080p video recording ans a 1.2MP FFC, 8 GB of internal storage with MicroSD card expansion and a removable 2100 mAh battery. I also cant forget to mention that this has support for Verizon’s LTE network. Not bad for the price.

This will be going head to head with its other rival the Nokia Lumia 822 on Verizon considering they are priced the same and are going after the same target market. Read the press release below.

Press Release »

Samsung Mobile Launches its First Windows Phone 8

Smartphone in the U.S. with Verizon Wireless

Samsung ATIV Odyssey(tm) features Super AMOLED display,1.5 GHz dual-core pr= ocessor and 4G LTE connectivity

LAS VEGAS, NV – January 7, 2013 – From the 2013 International Consumer Ele= ctronics Show (CES), Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), t= he No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States and the No. 1 smartphon= e provider worldwide1, today announced the Samsung ATIV Odyssey(tm) will be=  available in the coming weeks at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores an= d online.

The ATIV Odyssey boasts a brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLED(tm) touchscreen dis= play (800×480) that allows users to watch movies, view pictures and play ga= mes in high resolution.  This compact, versatile smartphone is Global Ready= ™, giving users the ability to call and email from more than 220 countri= es in the world. The ATIV Odyssey is equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core proc= essor to quickly access the Internet, stream music and download content at = blazing speeds using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

The ATIV Odyssey runs on the sleek and intuitive Windows Phone 8 operating = system, the only one with Live Tiles, designed to keep you closer to the pe= ople and things that matter most. The ATIV Odyssey also features unique Sam= sung sharing applications such as Photo Editor, Mini Diary and Now, an appl= ication that provides weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly.

The ATIV Odyssey is enterprise ready with enhanced security features to off= er customers an extremely powerful business tool that keeps sensitive compa= ny data secure. Security solutions include advanced Microsoft(r) Exchange A=

ctiveSync(r) features and policy control and on-device AES 256-bit encrypti= on.

For more information about the ATIV Odyssey, visit www.samsung.com<http://w= ww.samsung.com>. To learn more about pricing and wireless plans available f= or the ATIV Odyssey, visit www.verizonwireless.com<http://www.verizonwirele=

ss.com>.

*         Key Product Features:

 

*         Super AMOLED(tm) Display (WVGA 800×480)

 

*         5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and full 1080p reco=

rding and 1080p playback

 

*         Front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera for video chat

 

*         Global Ready calling and email capabilities in more than 220 coun=

tries in the world

 

*         Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11 a/b/g/n)

 

*         8 GB on board storage (actual formatted capacity is less)/ 1 GB R=

AM

 

*         Support for up to 64 GB  microSD(tm) card

 

*         2100 mAh battery

 

*         Photo Editor – Edit photos (crop, rotate, resize, etc.) and adjus=

t colors (contrast, RGB and hue) instantly; users can also add effects such=  as Pop Art, gray-scale, fixed red eye and add decorations that include fra= mes, stickers, etc. and share on Facebook, Picasa and Photobucket.

 

*         Mini Diary – Contains daily activities, photos and drawings; user=

s can share their diary via social channels including Facebook, email, Picasa and Photobucket; users can back up and store information in the free cloud service SkyDrive.

 

*         Now – Provides weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly

 

Windows Phone 8 Features:

 

Live Tiles are the heart and soul of Windows Phone, and no other phone has = them. People can arrange the iconic Start screen however they want by pinni= ng their favorite people, apps, music, games, photos and more. In addition = to Live Tiles, Windows Phone 8 offers a range of new features to make your = smartphone experience even more personal, including:

 

*         The only phone with Live Apps. Live Apps bring information right =

to the Start screen, such as the Groupon deal of the day, flight informatio= n and news headlines. With Windows Phone 8, Live Apps such as Facebook can = even deliver real-time information right to your lock screen with updated w= allpaper.

 

*         Top apps. The Windows Phone Store has more than 120,000 quality a=

pps and games, including hits such as “Angry Birds Star Wars,” “Cut the Rop= e,” Disney’s “Where’s My Water,” LivingSocial,  Urbanspoon and many more. P= andora, the leading Internet radio service, is also coming to Windows Phone=  in early 2013.

 

*         Kid’s Corner. Exclusive to Windows Phone 8, Kid’s Corner is a way=

to share your phone with your kids, so they can play “Angry Birds” without=  texting your angry boss. Parents can now hand over their phones to the kid= s without worrying about deleted photos, misdirected emails, unapproved pur= chases or accidental phone calls. After a simple setup, parents can activat= e a specialized place on the phone for kids to play – complete with their o= wn customizable Start screens – where they can access only the apps, games,=  music and videos picked by parents.

1 Samsung Mobile is the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States ac= cording to Strategy Analytics, North America Handset Vendor Marketshare, Q2=  2012.  Samsung Electronics Company is the No. 1 smartphone provider worldw= ide according to Strategy Analytics Global Smartphone Vendor Market Share b= y Region: Q2 2012.

 

Samsung, ATIV, Super AMOLED are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., = Ltd.

 

About Samsung Telecommunications America

 

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, (Samsung Mobile) a Dallas-based su= bsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets=  wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications pr= oducts throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.sam= sung.com<http://www.samsung.com>.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in consumer electronics an=

d the core components that go    into them. Through relentless innovation a=

nd discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, p= ersonal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, medical devices, sem= iconductors and LED solutions. We employ 227,000 people across 75 countries=  with annual sales exceeding US$143 billion. Our goal is opening new possib= ilities for people everywhere. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.c= om<http://www.samsung.com>.

About The Author

Aaron Rowe is a tech enthusiast with over 8 years of experience engaging tech blogs with reviews, insight and opinion. Upgrade and repair of PC hardware / software while giving tech advice in his personal time. Started with computers when he was 5 years old with Windows 95 all the way up to what he currently uses which is a 2013 Macbook Air with Boot Camped Windows 8.