The ATIV SE marks the return of Samsung to the Windows Phone market and is now available for pre-ordering from North America’s largest carrier.
Following a bunch of leaks and rumors, the ATIV SE is now officially listed on Verizon’s website. As expected, the handset sports a spec sheet quite similar to Samsung’s yesteryear flagship, the Galaxy S4. There’s a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 2.3GHz quad-core processor (likely a Snapdragon 800), 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera, 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot, and a 2,600 mAh battery. Naturally, the phone supports Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
Unfortunately, the ATIV SE doesn’t run Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box as was rumored before, though it should receive an update after launch. Samsung has differentiated by adding custom features to the device – the WatchON app will let users control their TV through the inbuilt IR blaster, while ATIV Beam will allow sharing of files and media through NFC with both Windows Phone and Android devices (overcoming the limitation of the two OS being unable to share files via NFC otherwise.)
The ATIV SE is priced at $199.99 with a two-year agreement, and $599.99 off-contract, with pre-orders to start shipping from April 12th. Whether an international variant is on the cards continues to remain a mystery, though given the renewed interest from manufacturers in Windows Phone, we’ll likely see the ATIV SE make its way to other markets later this year.