Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8.1 handset will be the Ativ Core
A couple of days ago Microsoft officially introduced Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of its mobile operating system. At the same event, Nokia unveiled its first smartphones running that variation of the OS, namely the Lumia 930 and the Lumia 630/635. Today, Verizon has started taking pre-orders for the Samsung Ativ SE, though that handset still runs Windows Phone 8, because the newest software wasn’t available in time for its release next week.
Yet Samsung is apparently working on another Windows Phone, this one being the Korean company’s first to run Windows Phone 8.1 from day one. It will be called Samsung Ativ Core, and some of its specs have been leaked.
The Ativ Core should sport a 4.5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, an 8 or 13 MP rear camera, 1 GB of RAM, and a 2,100 mAh battery. So this will obviously be a midrange offering, one to nicely complement the Ativ SE in Samsung’s portfolio.
It’s interesting to see Samsung releasing two Windows Phones in such a short time frame, after a long time during which it seemed to have forgotten about Microsoft’s mobile OS.
It’s unclear exactly when we should expect the Ativ Core to be in stores. The Lumia 630 is right now the earliest confirmed arrival with WP 8.1, and it will start rolling out in May. So the Ativ Core probably won’t be out before that, though it might come later. Stay tuned.