The first batch of Windows Phone 8.1 devices are less than a month away, but Samsung’s upcoming Windows handset (allegedly called the ATIV SE) apparently won’t be among them. According to a new report from The Verge citing “sources familiar with Verizon’s plans,” the new device will run Windows Phone 8 out of the box with the promise of a future update to 8.1.
The report goes on to confirm what we already suspected, that the ATIV SE is basically the Galaxy S5 with Windows software. The device is said to offer the same 1080p display, 13-megapixel and quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. It also packs 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with microSD support and a brushed aluminum design on the back. The new phone will apparently launch on Verizon in April and compete directly with the Lumia Icon, which is also a Verizon exclusive.
It’s unclear why Samsung’s ATIV SE isn’t launching with Windows Phone 8.1, especially with conflicting reports suggesting the updated OS will be available starting next month. It’s possible Microsoft is already playing favorites with Nokia, and plans to offer the new software as a Lumia exclusive at launch before releasing it to other manufacturers. It’s also possible Verizon simply needs to test the new OS for itself before pushing it to the upcoming device. Either way we’ll know more later this week once Microsoft BUILD kicks off.