Microsoft was adamant at its MWC press event Windows Phone still has a future, likely much brighter than anyone can conceive just looking at the platform’s paltry current market share numbers. To help the OS grow into a legitimate Android and iOS menace, MS recently signed up over half a dozen new hardware partners, including big names in the industry such as LG and Lenovo.
But old allies won’t be forgotten either, nor will they look to abandon WP. At least that’s the case with HTC, according to official statements from company execs, and Samsung, based on hard to verify yet seemingly credible rumors.
A so-called “Huron” handheld cropped up online less than a month ago, and now leak master @evleaks says its codename has been replaced with a formal pseudonym: ATIV SE. Does it ring any bells? Sure it does, as it’s set to follow in the footsteps of the ATIV S and ATIV S Neo.
Granted, the new moniker sounds fairly bland and uninspired, but no one buys gadgets because they dig their labels. It’s all about hardware, software and pricing. On that note, rumor has it the Verizon-exclusive ATIV SE will be one of the first devices around to run Windows Phone 8.1, with Full HD resolution and a Snapdragon 800 chip the main hardware headliners.
Enough to put WP on the right track? It obviously depends on timing and price tags.