updated 02:51 pm EDT, Fri April 4, 2014
Verizon-exclusive Windows Phone pre-orders begin, ships April 12
Verizon has quietly launched the Samsung ATIV SE on its network, and has started to accept pre-orders of the device. Just as previously rumored, the Verizon-exclusive smartphone will be shipping with Windows Phone 8 onboard instead of Windows Phone 8.1, though it is likely that Samsung will be providing an update to the newer operating system shortly after release.
Packing a 5-inch 1080p display, the ATIV SE uses a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage, according to The Verge. On the back is a 13-megapixel autofocus camera with flash and 1080p video recording capabilities, with a 2-megapixel version on the front, while connectivity over Verizon's LTE network is joined by dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. Weighing 4.79 ounces, it also has a 2,600mAh battery said to provide up to 20 hours of usage and up to 20 days of standby time.
Samsung ATIV SE
The Samsung ATIV SE is being sold under pre-order for $600 off-contract, $200 with a two-year agreement, or for $25.22 per month with Verizon Edge. Verizon expects to ship the smartphone on the 12th of April, and is currently offering the ATIV SE under a Buy-One-Get-One-Free deal, where a second smartphone on a two-year commitment can be bought at the same time for no charge.