It has been quite a while since Samsung has launched a new Windows Phone device. There have been countless rumors over the last few months that Samsung is working on one such device. While the company hasn’t officially confirmed anything as yet, we’ve already seen several leaked images of the Samsung ATIV SE, its new WP device. Initial rumors suggested that the smartphone would be one of the first few to come with Windows Phone 8.1 pre-installed. That might not be the case.
The Verge reports that Samsung ATIV SE release has been scheduled for April, though contrary to popular belief, it will be launched as a Windows Phone 8 handset. Windows Phone 8.1 will be available when its ultimately released, the report claims it won’t come pre-installed with the device. Microsoft is expected to talk about its major OS update later this week at the BUILD 2014 conference.
Apparently the ATIV SE is going to be quite similar to Samsung Galaxy S4. It is said to have the same 5-inch full HD 1080p display and the 13 megapixel rear camera. The design certainly borrow some major cues from the Android flagship. Under the hood a Snapdragon 800 quadcore processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage is expected, apart from microSD card support.
Samsung ATIV SE is believed to be a Verizon exclusive. While its reported that the release is going to take place in April, a concrete release date hasn’t been provided, so we’ll have to wait for official word on that.