Figuring there was nothing we didn’t already know about Samsung’s latest Windows Phone effort, the ATIV SE, Verizon went ahead and put it up for pre-order without as much as a heads-up, confirming all the speculation around town.
Yes, it’s basically a Galaxy S4 with an upgraded quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip, Windows in lieu of Android and a sleeker, more industrial design, complete with an elegant metallic finish. And no, it doesn’t run WP 8.1 out the box, sticking to version 8 at launch and due for an over-the-air upgrade in the summer.
Also, it’s not technically out yet, as expected, but will ship earlier than predicted. April 12, to be exact, so near Galaxy S5’s commercial release. That’s not very smart, is it? On the bright side, it turns out HTC One (M8)’s BOGO deal ain’t a one-off affair, with the ATIV SE sold on a buy-one-get-one-free basis as well.
So $200 scores you an ATIV SE with a mandatory new 24-month contract, but it can also secure you two of these handsome beasts as long as signing up a couple of pacts isn’t an issue. Only want the one and don’t care about contract restrictions? Then ante up $600 bucks and you’re free.
Once again, the ATIV SE is a GS4 carbon copy hardware-wise, carrying a beautiful 5-inch 1,080p AMOLED display, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP/2 MP dual cameras and a 2,600 mAh battery.