According to court documents, submitted by Samsung as part of its legal battle against rival Apple, the South Korean tech giant is planning at least two potential Windows Phone 8 devices.
The Verge reported that the latest court documents revealed that two Samsung handsets; namely, "Odyssey" and "Marco," based on Windows Phone 8, were under process. Both the handsets were apparently powered by the Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset, a dual-core 1.5GHz system-on-chip.
Reports surfaced in February saying that Microsoft's Windows Phone engineering team was testing the Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset. The dual-core 1.5GHz system-on-chip was reportedly undergoing tests to make it ready for at least one Windows Phone 8 handset due later this year.
Samsung's court documents in question also revealed some other key details about both devices' features. While the Odyssey device was described as featuring a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with HD resolution and an 8 megapixel rear camera, the Marco was described as having a 4-inch S-AMOLED display with WVGA resolution and a 5 megapixel rear camera.
The Odyssey was also marked as an NFC device, suggesting that it could support Microsoft's upcoming Wallet Hub and Tap + Send features in Windows Phone 8. Samsung listed both Odyssey and Marco as LTE-capable devices and if the documents are up-to-date, the devices could be launched in Q4, this year.
On July 19, ZDNet reported that Windows Phone 8 Release to Manufacturing (RTM) would take place in September, with the devices hitting shelves in November. The report stated that the release time frames were based on rumors and hence could be incorrect.
However, as The Verge has noted, if they were indeed accurate, then it would indicate that the Redmond company might not be planning a joint launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in October.