Pre-orders start for Samsung ATIV SE with Windows Phone 8

After weeks of rumors, Samsung's latest Windows Phone 8 product is now available for pre-order as a Verizon Wireless exclusive. The Samsung ATIV SE can be yours if you pay $199.99 for a two year contract or $599.99 with no contract.

Verizon's pre-order page says the phone will start shipping on April 12th and will throw in a second ATIV SE for free if you get one with a two year contract. The hardware specs include a 5 inch 1080 display, an unnamed 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. There's also a 13 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front facing camera and 2,600mAh removable battery that Samsung says will last up to 20 hours.

Previous rumors about the phone indicated it might come with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, but we now know that won't be the case. Microsoft's latest version of the OS is now scheduled for completion by April 14th. Microsoft also announced at BUILD that it is offering Windows Phone to all smartphone OEMs for free, along with Windows 8 on tablets that are smaller than 9 inches.

Source: Verizon via The Verge | Image via Verizon

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I don't think people appreciate that this is actually a solid phone. its basically the galaxy s4 but with windows phone. it even has the IR blaster with watchon. I think its a great alternative to a nokia device. However, Verizon exclusive? really? that's where they messed up.

I could be wrong but the S4 doesn't have the 'honeycomb' front or faux metal back, both make this look even cheaper than Galaxy range. And the mechanical start button between the two capacitive buttons ????

trip21 said,
I could be wrong but the S4 doesn't have the 'honeycomb' front or faux metal back, both make this look even cheaper than Galaxy range. And the mechanical start button between the two capacitive buttons ????

the galaxy range has the mechanical button between two capacitive buttons as well. as for the honeycomb finish, the s4 doesn't nor the faux metal back.
I guess its just a matter of opinion but I rather like it! I just wish they had different colors.
regardless, spec and functionality wise, its a pretty good choice.

in North America, USA and Canada they need to drop all this exclusive carrier ####, sell all wp's unlocked from ms store or something, Canada is really hurting for new wp devices.

They never learn....exclusive??? This phone is gonna get like 1% marketshare now... You know where Samsung's priorities are when their Galaxy S 5 is on ALL carriers

Nokia/MS or go home. There's no reason to get this over the Icon except the MicroSDXC slot, but you will miss out on the exclusive Nokia Apps.

The Ativ S was pretty much <£400 from the off, which made a very competitive versus the Nokia 'toe-breaker' 920. Here Drive gets me home nicely.

Let's see how that Amazon listing weighs in first before declaring a TKO?

Anyway, the Ativ doesnt look bad and really, if it performs well, then who cares about looks so much. Function over form any day in my book. If you get both, then thats a bonus.

Drewidian said,
Nokia/MS or go home. There's no reason to get this over the Icon except the MicroSDXC slot, but you will miss out on the exclusive Nokia Apps.
I'm sorry, but that MicroSD slot is a huge deal. Frankly, drives me nuts Nokia doesn't have that everywhere since it really expands the usefulness of these devices.

These specs outmatch Nokia in some areas where it matters most to many people, myself included. I would actually choose this one over the Icon due to battery life, feel in hand, microSD, removable battery, the TV remote and the opinion that this isn't a bad device to look at. I think what pisses people off is that Samsung barely tries with Windows Phone yet they still put out devices with great value when they do try.

Nokia is like the Samsung of WP8. HTC, being kinda sorta like #2 in Android, is pretty much akin to Samsung being #2 in the world of Windows Phone. A lot of people just don't like Samsung because they aren't all-in with WP8 as Nokia is. But guess what? They still manage to make a damn good phone. I've had the Focus and the Focus Flash; both were great. I've had the Lumia 900, 925 and 920. Also great. But hot damn the new Ativ phone is a worthy WP8 device.

Let's not pretend it isn't anything special because of your personal fanboy feelings.