Nokia might be the uncrowned (or crowned) king of the Windows Phone world, but the company is soon about to taste some challenge with a host of different companies announcing plans for new devices.

Basically, Lumia devices will have plenty of company this year.

Samsung is also preparing its very own challenger. And even though the South Korean company is not really what you would call a threat for Nokia, it still has the biggest chance to take the fight to Lumia smartphones provided it keeps on launching new handsets.

The first of these, hopefully, is a new Windows Phone that will soon be available for purchase in the United States. Dubbed the Samsung AITV SE, this is a spiritual successor to the ATIV smartphone.

And just like that, this will be another Verizon exclusive.

Now WPCentral has managed to learn more about the availability and price tag over at the wireless carrier. According to this new information, the ATIV SE is set to be introduced on April 18, and customers will be able to get it for the reasonable price of $600. Outright.

Obviously, it will also be available on a two year contract at the expected cost of $200.

No idea yet whether customers will be able to preorder the Samsung ATIV SE before the smartphone goes on sale, but since this is very likely one of the first handsets that will arrive with the new Windows Phone 8.1 operating platform, Verizon just might put up a preorder program in place.

If only they can change the name while they are at it. ATIV SE, bah!

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  • WillyThePooh

    What’s wrong with the name?

    • Ray C

      It needs to be cooler and catchier

      • Rodney Longoria

        It needs to be better looking/updated, IMHO! Reminds me of the old iTunes interface.

    • Wayne S

      In my opinion, it’s a mouthful and isn’t memorable or catchy. Phone could be great, but ATIV SE doesn’t sound like a great name to me.

  • Robert Trance

    Lumia 925 looks better

    • Bill Franklin

      I tend to agree with you, but the great thing about Lumia is the number of options they give us! 925 does look like the winner to me as well.

      • Robert Trance

        Indeed, a great example of convenience towards customers and features+beauty! And on right pricing

  • Sally Black

    $600 retail! Jeeze, that’s expensive! I know most phones end up being $200 with the upgrade anyway, which I still think is a little expensive and ends up being more like $300 after the accessories.

  • Ray C

    I just don’t see someone going into a store saying ” Yo man let me check out that new ATIV phone “