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Samsung ATIV SE for Verizon expected out on April 18 with $599 price tag

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samsung-ativ-seNokia has been by far the most active and involved Windows Phone player of late, and its dedication to the OS may well grow once the company is acquired by Microsoft. However, OEMs like Samsung or HTC aren’t ready to throw in the proverbial towel either.

The Galaxy makers for instance have a pretty exciting ATIV SE in the pipeline, known as “Huron” on the inside and that looks strikingly similar to the aging ATIV S while subtly rendering homage to S4’s iconic design.

The alleged 5-incher’s list of features is mostly covert at the moment, yet a few credible sources tell us the spec sheet should include things like Full HD screen resolution, 2 GB RAM and 13 MP rear-facing camera.

Poised to land on Verizon this spring, the handheld will either run Windows Phone 8.1 out the box, or 8 with an 8.1 update imminent. Lending credence to the former theory, a fresh report from WP Central pegs ATIV SE’s formal intro for early April, during Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference, where WP 8.1 shall also be detailed.

Samsung is then expected to pull off an almost unusually speedy commercial launch, with the smartphone destined to break cover at Big Red on April 18. Price? $599, reportedly, sans contractual obligations, so probably 200 bucks with pacts. Fair enough? I’d wait to see Nokia’s latest efforts before answering that.

Via [WP Central]

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