Samsung ATIV Odyssey for Verizon hands-on (update: video)

The Samsung ATIV Odyssey bound for Verizon has been a known device ever since Windows Phone 8 was launched, but at the time of its announcement we were told that we could expect it in December. The month came and went, and today we were informed that the new smartphone is now going to be hitting the market in "the coming weeks." Fortunately we finally got some face time with the phone tonight, and it's about as forgettable as we expected. This doesn't mean it's a terrible device -- we'll reserve judgment until its official review when it comes -- it just doesn't have the crazy flagship-type specs we would like to see. It's packing a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 4-inch WVGA display, dual-band Wifi a/b/g/n, 8GB internal storage, a 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front-facing cam. It also sports a removable 2,100mAh battery and microSD slot capable of supporting cards up to 64GB.

Our thoughts? For anyone accustomed to larger devices, the first thing you'll notice is how tiny it looks and feels. It's definitely on the light side, and our hands wrapped around the phone quite easily. This gives it a little much-needed grip since the hyperglazed, semi-glossy back is completely smooth. (It can also easily attract fingerprints.) The camera and LED flash are side-by-side, with the large Verizon logo directly below. Near the bottom you'll see the ATIV-style grille (similar to what we saw on the ATIV S), with a 3.5mm headphone jack on top, micro-USB on bottom, power and hardware shutter buttons on right and volume rocker and microSD slot on the left.

While we wait for the phone to hit shelves in the near future, head below to sneak a peek at some photos of the Odyssey.

Update: You can catch a video of our brief stint with the phone after the jump!

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Alexis Santos contributed to this post.