It looks like Samsung is well and truly getting back into the Windows Phone game. Not that it left, but with the new wave of hardware partners, the Korean company cannot afford to end up being on the right side of wrong when the platform takes off.
Because, really, it’s not a matter of if, but when, now.
So anyway, after months of rumors, the terribly named Samsung ATIV SE is now up for preorder as a Verizon exclusive. The most interesting bit here is that yes, it arrives with Windows Phone 8.
It is available for $199.99 on contract and $599.99 off — what’s with the 99 cents?
Verizon says that the device will start shipping on April 12, and the hardware specifications are pretty much in line with what have been reported earlier. A 5-inch 1080p display, a 2.3GHz unnamed quad-core processor, a solid 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage with a 13 megapixel rear camera.
Interestingly, another report claims that Samsung is working on one more Windows Phone.
This one is a midrange handset in terms of both price and hardware, and is set to be powered by Windows Phone 8.1. In fact, it is said to be the first Windows Phone 8.1 device by Samsung.
The ATIV Core will have the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile platform out of the box. In terms of hardware, buyers get a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, and either an 8 or 13 megapixel camera, the former more likely.
No mention of the storage capacity and price of this handset, but it is expected to arrive in the following months, around the same time the Lumia 630, Lumia 635 and Lumia 930 are out in the market.