Samsung is yet to lift the lid on a new Windows Phone handset. We’ve come across a number of leaks on a device called the Samsung Ativ SE, which was said to run Microsoft’s newly announced Windows Phone 8.1. Now, US-based network operator Verizon has quietly set the smartphone up for pre-order. Despite this, we still haven’t come across an official announcement from the Korean tech giant. Verizon promises its customers that if they pre-order the device now, the Ativ SE will be delivered to their doorstep on the 14th of April.
The Samsung Ativ SE sports a 5-inch 1080p screen, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, microSD support, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor (it is yet to be revealed what chipset but it’s likely to sport a Snapdragon 800 chipset by Qualcomm), 2GB of RAM, and a 2600mAh battery. It looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S4. Unfortunately, the new smartphone doesn’t run Windows Phone 8.1. But according to reports, the latest version of Windows Phone will roll out to the handset once it’s ready.
There are also a number of “exclusive” Samsung features the Korean tech giant has slapped on top of Windows Phone 8. These include an infra-red blaster that when paired with a remote control app will allow you to control your TV. Another is “Ativ Beam,” which is software for sharing files with other Samsung-made devices (including its Android smartphones and tablets) via NFC.
Verizon is selling the device (without contract) for $599.99, which is around £360. We are yet to confirm if Samsung is planning to release the smartphone in the UK. Stay tuned.