Samsung is returning to Windows Phone. Verizon today confirmed the long-rumored Samsung Ativ SE, a higher-end Windows Phone device that will start shipping on April 12. Pre-orders are open today.
Details about the Ativ SE have been leaked numerous times over the past few weeks, and it appears that most of those earlier whispers were accurate. The phone strongly resembles Samsung's old Galaxy S4 flagship, but it replaces Android with Windows Phone 8.
Yes, that's Windows Phone 8, not Windows Phone 8.1 -- Samsung and Verizon will be in charge of releasing Microsoft's just-announced update when it becomes available in the coming months.
Officially, the Ativ SE sports a 5-inch, 1080p display, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,600mAh battery. It only comes with 16GB of internal storage out of the box, but a microSD expansion slot is included, and allows for an extra 64GB of space. A 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter are included as well.
On top of that are a few Samsung-exclusive features, including an infrared blaster that can be paired with Samsung's WatchON app and turn the Ativ SE into a TV remote. An "Ativ Beam" app, which lets you share content with Samsung's Android devices, is also onboard.
The Ativ SE is exclusive to Verizon for now. It'll cost $200 with a two-year contract, or $600 without one. Verizon is currently running a limited time promotion in which buying an Ativ SE will net you a second phone free of charge -- provided that you sign another two-year contract.
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