Verizon quietly launched the Samsung ATIV SE smartphone on its site recently, and the silent reveal comes as no surprise. The device runs the current Windows Phone 8 operating system, instead of Windows Phone 8.1 which has been grabbing headlines all week. We hope, based on its specs, that it will get the update rather quickly, however, especially since plenty of other older phones will be upgraded.
Speaking of specs, the Samsung ATIV SE offers a 5-inch Full HD display, a quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage (up to a 64GB microSD card), a 2,600mAh battery, a 13-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The hardware certainly makes it one of the more powerful Windows Phone devices on the market, especially among non-Nokia devices, and it’s right up there with the Lumia Icon and Lumia 1520. It also offers an IR blaster for controlling your TV with Samsung’s WatchON app – something we haven’t seen before on Windows Phone in the U.S.
Verizon Wireless is currently accepting orders for the ATIV SE and says it will ship by April 12. It’s available for $199.99 with a new two-year contract, or for $599.99 without a contract, though you can pick up two for the price of one through a BOGO deal, provided that you’re opening up two lines.