For a few weeks we have been hearing that Samsung is planning to release a Windows Phone 8.1 with one of the major carriers located in the US. This mysterious phone is codenamed Samsung Huron with model number SM-W750V will be headed to Verizon Wireless. The news was confirmed by a tweet from @evleaks as well as information on GFXBenchmark’s database. The FCC filling revealed that the phone will feature LTE bands compatible with Verizon frequencies.
Samsung ATIV SE Windows Phone 8.1
Sasmung Huron won’t be the name under which the phone will be released, though. According to @evleaks, the new Windows Phone from Samsung will be called ATIV SE. We can’t be sure what exactly “SE” stands for, but it is speculated that it may stand for “Second Edition”, since Verizon is already offering original Samsung ATIV.
If the render posted by tipster is accurate, the Samsung ATIV SE seems to resemble the Galaxy S4 launched last year. It might be a good news for those users who want a Windows Phone handset with Android design. On the other hand, it may be confusing, since both phones might be difficult to tell apart, at least at the first glance.
The Samsung ATIV SE is said to be a high-end phone, though there is no details to confirm that theory are available at this moment. Rumor on the street has it that the handset might feature a 5-inch display with 1080p resolution, though some sources also mention a 4.3-inch 720p screen. A quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor will allegedly be powering the device, possibly with Adreno 305 taking care of graphics. As a high-end phone of 2014, the ATIV SE shouldn’t offer less than 2 GB of RAM and 13-megapixel camera.
According to speculations, the Samsung ATIV SE could run the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1. If indeed this is the case, the phone most likely won’t be released until April as this is when Microsoft will hold its BUID conference during which the Windows Phone 8.1 is planned to be announced. It’s possible also that the ATIV SE will be introduced at that same conference, since the Windows smartphone doesn’t appear to be important enough for Samsung to host a separate event.