Samsung Ativ SE for Verizon has specs leaked, won’t run Windows Phone 8.1 from day one

Samsung’s next Windows Phone will be called Ativ SE and it will be a Verizon exclusive. These things have been known for quite a while thanks to various rumors and leaks. Press renders depicting the Ativ SE were leaked a couple of times too, but a full spec list has so far not been brought to light.

Now though, courtesy of The Verge and some “sources familiar with Verizon’s plans” we can tell you what to expect from this handset. First the bad news. Apparently the Ativ SE won’t launch running Windows Phone 8.1, the newest version of the OS, the one that Microsoft is set to unveil later this week. Instead, Samsung’s next Windows Phone will ship with the latest iteration of Windows Phone 8, and will then subsequently be updated to WP 8.1 – at some point in the future.

Verizon Samsung Ativ SE leaked press render

Earlier today we heard a rumor saying the first devices running Windows Phone 8.1 would be in stores on April 23, and we speculated that the Samsung Ativ SE could be one of those (alongside the Nokia Lumia 630), but it looks like that won’t happen. It’s a shame, really, especially since Microsoft apparently plans on focusing WP 8.1 on new devices first, with updates for ‘legacy phones’ not coming immediately, but later on.

Aside from this inconvenience, the Ativ SE is a solid smartphone for this day and age. It should feature a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and microSD card support.

Verizon will start selling it in April, though an exact release date isn’t yet available.

Image via @evleaks

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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