Samsung Ativ S

If you thought Nokia has taken over the Windows Phone market then think again, Samsung is reportedly due to launch a Full HD smartphone with Microsoft's operating system soon.

Smartphone vendors such as Samsung and HTC have given Windows Phone a backseat for a while, concentrating on Android devices but the former looks set to get back in the game. Samsung will unveil a Full HD handset running on Windows Phone 8, according to SammyToday.

The smartphone with product code SM-W750V, has a 5in display with a 1080x1920 resolution going by the Bluetooth certification spotted by the site. Other specs include 4G LTE support and Internet Explorer 10 as the default browser.

It's likely to be launched under Samsung's Ativ brand and could well make its first appearance at next month's MWC trade show in Barcelona.

Samsung hasn't launched a Windows Phone 8 handset since the Ativ S which went on sale way back in 2012.

The news comes along with a rumour that Microsoft is going to pay companies including Samsung to make and promote Windows Phones. Editor-in-chief of Mobile Review Eldar Murtazin claims that Microsoft will pay around $2.6bn in 'support' funds to vendors including Samsung.

He said that the Korean tech giant is set to get $1.2bn while Sony, Huawei and others will gain $0.5bn, $0.6bn and $0.3bn, respectively. This further supports rumours that Sony will launch its first Windows Phone 8 device this year.

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