Last week, we saw a rumor arrive that thought to bring a little more specificity to Samsung’s announcement that the ATIV Odyssey, its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone to find a home on a US carrier, would be coming to Verizon “in the coming weeks.” According to the claim, the retail launch would actually take place tomorrow, January 24. As the clock started to run down, we wondered if this rumor would actually play out, but with just a day to go, Verizon has finally confirmed the news, announcing that the ATIV Odyssey indeed goes up for sale tomorrow.
The phone will be available both in Verizon retail stores and through the carrier’s website, where you’ll be able to snag it for just about $50 on-contract. That’s the same price that the Nokia Lumia 822 is currently going for on Verizon, while the carrier’s HTC 8X is $100 on-contract.
Really, that’s a little unfortunate for the Odyssey, as it delivers a smaller screen, a lower-res camera, and half as much storage as the 822, yet those sacrifices aren’t reflected in a lower subsidized price tag. We understand why Verizon might not want to simply dump the phone as free-on-contract, but it would be nice if there was at least a little price differentiation between the Odyssey and the Lumia 822.