Windows Phone 8.1-based Samsung ATIV SE rumored to launch April 18th via Verizon

With Microsoft's 2014 BUILD developer conference now just over a week away, it seems likely that the company will offer a lot more info on its Windows Phone 8.1 OS update during the event. Today, a new report claims that a phone with that OS will launch soon after the BUILD conference,

WPCentral, citing unnamed sources, claims that the Samsung ATIV SE smartphone will go on sale April 18th via Verizon Wireless in the US. The same report says that the phone will have an off-contract price of $599. It's likely that it will be sold via a two year contract as well but the report claims they don't have a definite price for that option yet.

Very little is known about the phone, although Internet gadget source "evleaks" has recently posted what he claims are renders of the Samsung ATIV SE on his Twitter page. Some reports have claimed it will have a 5 inch 1080p display but details about the hardware inside have yet to be leaked.

The same report also says that another new Windows Phone 8.1 device will go on sale on April 9th. The article speculates that it could be the previously rumored Nokia Lumia 930, possibly as an AT&T exclusive.

Source: WPCentral | Image via evleaks

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Why would you get this over the Icon? That phone has better specs, is way better looking and you get the 'true' Windows Phone experience with the tons of Nokia exclusive apps and OS improvements.

Verizon, a supposed 930 with an AT&T exclusivity.... Will they ever learn? Exclusivity are a plague that should have already been eradicated.

I can't wait for the Lumia 1030. Pretty sure that's the next phone I am going to get, especially if it has an SD card slot to store those big photos.

George P said,
That'd be sooner than I expected, I was thinking May for new phones. If true that's good news all around.

Seems that along with the announcement of WP8.1 next week, they will also announce the immediate (i.e. in 2 weeks) availability of it. Similar to how Apple is doing it. That would be a nice change for Microsoft.

I really liked Metro in the beginning, but the home screen is becoming more messier with every revision... :/ And yes, I know you can change it. It's just when I see promotion material all I can think is "yikes!". Same with the Lumia 1520... The default screen is an incoherent mess.

I think it's the 6 columns making it look too busy, but I haven't used one in person so I can't really give an opinion. Sometimes screenshots can be deceiving.

Enron said,
I think it's the 6 columns making it look too busy, but I haven't used one in person so I can't really give an opinion. Sometimes screenshots can be deceiving.

The thing I miss most about my 1320 (gone back to the 1020 for the camera) is the tile-space. It's so awesome. I've got everything I need on the one page, and I no longer have to scroll :)

Enron said,
I think it's the 6 columns making it look too busy, but I haven't used one in person so I can't really give an opinion. Sometimes screenshots can be deceiving.

I thought I was 100% happy with my 925 and its current layout. Then I saw the Lumia Icon in person with its 1080p display and the 6 columns, and now I am drooling at the possibility of owning a phone with such screen!

So you don't like the Metro start screen because the promotions show them with a few extra tiles?

Come one, you know you can change the way it looks to suit yourself, so really, your issue isn't with the start screen, rather, promotion material.
It may be an incoherent mess to you, but then again it's not configured for you. You may take it and configure it in a way that makes perfect sense for you, but ends up to appear to be an incoherent mess to others. That's not a platform's failing, that's just you catering to your tastes.

I'll tell you what's an incoherent mess, Android's home screen and its stupid pages. Now that's an incoherent mess. However, it could be argued the reason it appears to be an incoherent mess is simply because I didn't put the icons in those positions. If you placed the icons in those positions, then it would make sense to you and appear perfectly logical.

Windows Phone's Start screen is the same deal.

Edited by Ideas Man, Mar 25 2014, 8:12am :

The whole point of promotional material is to make a product appear as attractive as possible. This isn't the way to do it. That's my point. If I were a new non-tech-savvy user those Windows Phones won't appeal to me at all. If you read my post properly your question whether or not I know things can be changed would already be answered.

This phone could really help WP. Now when all the clueless Android buyers go in they'll see the S5 and this side by side and maybe choose the cool colorful one instead.

Stokkolm said,
This phone could really help WP. Now when all the clueless Android buyers go in they'll see the S5 and this side by side and maybe choose the cool colorful one instead.

How can you call Android buyers clueless? Clearly Android is the better phone. My goodness, at the time of this writing Google Now is almost 2 years old, Siri is more than 2 years old, and Cortana hasn't even been born yet. Not just that, but Android can control your tv, music, soon your thermostat, and perhaps even your car. The only thing Windows Phone can do is brag how the cheap plastic Lumia 520/521 dominates the Windows Phone's 3% marketshare.

I'm just saying most Android buyers are clueless about what they're actually buying. My parents are a great example of that, they just bought what was pushed on them by the sales person.

The rest of your comment is pretty ignorant, you can keep your Samsung phone that controls your Samsung TV, I'm not interested.

VictorWho said,

How can you call Android buyers clueless? Clearly Android is the better phone. My goodness, at the time of this writing Google Now is almost 2 years old, Siri is more than 2 years old, and Cortana hasn't even been born yet. Not just that, but Android can control your tv, music, soon your thermostat, and perhaps even your car. The only thing Windows Phone can do is brag how the cheap plastic Lumia 520/521 dominates the Windows Phone's 3% marketshare.

voice control on windows phone was out a year before Siri.. its getting updated..

VictorWho said,

How can you call Android buyers clueless? Clearly Android is the better phone. My goodness, at the time of this writing Google Now is almost 2 years old, Siri is more than 2 years old, and Cortana hasn't even been born yet. Not just that, but Android can control your tv, music, soon your thermostat, and perhaps even your car. The only thing Windows Phone can do is brag how the cheap plastic Lumia 520/521 dominates the Windows Phone's 3% marketshare.

Um, overreacting a bit?

WP has voice command/recognition, and in many ways is still better than Google Now. So the 'dig' about Cortana comes from a lack of understanding what Cortana actually is.

As for Android controlling things, WP can do this stuff as well. Not sure why you think it can't.

I didn't realize that WP could 'only' brag about the low cost 520/521 devices.

I thought the Nokia 1020 with the 41mp camera or even the Nokia 9xx phones with the Pureview 8mp cameras were able to brag rather easily about photo quality.

WP also likes to brag that it has zero malware, is faster than Android, and is more stable. There is no roll of the dice as to whether an App will work or not as the platform isn't fragmented, and other nice advantages over Android.

I don't agree with the OP that Android buyers are 'clueless', but there are Android fans that don't know anything about WP and won't consider it, and ironically, your post demonstrates this rather well.

VictorWho said,
How can you call Android buyers clueless? Clearly Android is the better phone. My goodness, at the time of this writing Google Now is almost 2 years old, Siri is more than 2 years old, and Cortana hasn't even been born yet. Not just that, but Android can control your tv, music, soon your thermostat, and perhaps even your car. The only thing Windows Phone can do is brag how the cheap plastic Lumia 520/521 dominates the Windows Phone's 3% marketshare.
If I had a nickel for every time one of my friends used Now or Siri after having it for more than I month I'd barely have a dollar to my name. That's really what you point to when touting superiority?

Also, as others have said I've had voice search/app launching/dialing since my HTC Titan. Nothing new really.

Edit: I'd also add that the 520 and 521 are really great phones. If they had a flash they'd be great for the average user. Also, Android's market share is largely do in part to their cheap plastic phones that run like crap (the 520 is almost as smooth as my 1020). And finally the almost 4% share of Windows Phone is a sizable percentage of the Apple market share. I'm assuming, of course, you want to look at the whole picture.

Edited by MrHumpty, Mar 25 2014, 12:58am :

Mobius Enigma said,

I don't agree with the OP that Android buyers are 'clueless', but there are Android fans that don't know anything about WP and won't consider it, and ironically, your post demonstrates this rather well.

I wasn't trying to say that all Android owners are clueless, however it is as popular as it is because the golden hordes have embarrassed it as a cheap way to get a smartphone.

Stokkolm said,
I wasn't trying to say that all Android owners are clueless, however it is as popular as it is because the golden hordes have embarrassed it as a cheap way to get a smartphone.
I think clueless is a bit harsh of a word. They are easily directed to android. Most of the people I know well enough have Androids because they are a) cheaper than iphones and b) cheaper than iphones. Most have no idea what all it can do and most generally end up screwing them up. I think most of us here and on other tech sites project our own savviness or at least a representative fraction on all of the people buying our devices. I've seen Windows Phone users who don't know what they have. I've seen iPhone people who have no idea they can surf the web on their device. I think Android wins because it's just cheaper to the masses.

Stokkolm said,
I'm just saying most Android buyers are clueless about what they're actually buying. My parents are a great example of that, they just bought what was pushed on them by the sales person.

The rest of your comment is pretty ignorant, you can keep your Samsung phone that controls your Samsung TV, I'm not interested.

despite what you say, the ability to control TVs is pretty awesome. I don't have a remote on my tv and my s4 really made things easier (also I can't tell if you were being sarcastic but this thing can control almost any brand of tvs, even old sd ones).
android is a pretty great platform and I wouldn't call all android buyers clueless. apple ones, maybe.
either way, I would have a wp8 myself if not for garbage Sprint's lack of quality wp8 support.

ACTIONpack said,
I really hate the back of all the Samsumg WP phones. Seem like they don't give a crap of that back at all.
Is it odd that I couldn't care less about the back of phones. I mean, 90% of the phones I see are covered by a case anyways. Frankly, I don't know why everybody makes a fuss about the case, shape etc... It's so rare to see naked phones these days.

Granted, I am one of those who refuses to use cases. But I'm rare breed it seems.

ACTIONpack said,
I really hate the back of all the Samsumg WP phones. Seem like they don't give a crap of that back at all.

The back? LOL...who cares?

Lachlan said,

people that hold it to their head in public?

Well in that case it's better than a picture of a penis on the back of the phone.

Lachlan said,
people that hold it to their head in public?
God help me if this phone would ever make me insecure as I held it to my head in public.

ACTIONpack said,
I really hate the back of all the Samsumg WP phones. Seem like they don't give a crap of that back at all.

Had the original Ativ S, you could literally chip the faux coating off that plastic back with your finger. The build quality on the back was bad, otherwise a really good device. Now have a Lumia 1520, which has amazing build quality, you could run over it with a tank and it won't break. However, already had to send it in for repairs due to bad RAM.