Rumor claims Samsung's first Windows Phone 8.1 device will be ATIV Core

While Samsung's latest Windows Phone device, the ATIV SE, is now available for pre-order for a launch next week, there are rumors of yet another upcoming smartphone from the company that will be in the mid-range in terms of price and hardware.

SamMobile claims sources told it that the phone will be called the Samsung ATIV Core, the first such phone from the company that will have Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box.

In terms of hardware, the story claims that it will have a 4.5-inch screen with a 720p resolution, along with 1 GB of RAM and a 2,100 mAh battery. The rear camera for the phone will be either 8 or 13 megapixels, but the report puts its money down on the 8 megapixel choice. The story does not mention the phone's storage or price.

A release date for the ATIV Core was not stated in the article, but the report speculates that the phone might go on sale around the same time as Nokia's upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 devices, the Lumia 930, 630 and 635, which are due out this summer.

Source: SamMobile | Image via Verizon

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I like the Omnia name too. I have yet to heard one person that has shared any positive thoughts about Ativ; mostly just dislike or even laughter.

Me thinks Samsung will be cranking out more Windows Phone devices in light of the cost being reduced to $0 and the benefit of indemnification (Microsoft protecting OEM customers from patent suits - unlike Google's Android).

Google has been backing OEMs when it relates to their Android OS. If an OEM mods the UI or produces their own hardware that infringes on anyones IP, then that is on the OEM and Google is not responsible and should not back them.

Will be interesting to see if WP sales will increase more since the price drop, or if they will remain the same. Either way, it will tell a lot.

It seems like 5" is the high end now and 4.5" is mid with anything under that being low-end and so on. I personally have no issue, I'd like a bigger screen, my 8X at 4.3" is just a bit too small, I think 5" is the sweet spot for me but not for everyone.

We'll see where they take it but screen size is the easy way to differentiate between low, mid and high-end phones/devices. Average consumers get screen size better than they understand the difference between a quad core Snapdragon 400 and a quad core snapdragon 800.