The much-leaked Samsung Ativ SE has finally become official today. Sure, we might not have gotten a press release or anything like that, but Verizon has already started taking pre-orders for the Windows Phone-powered device.
The Ativ SE is Samsung’s first Windows Phone in a very long while. It comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It runs Windows Phone 8, and not the newly revealed Windows Phone 8.1.
But that’s understandable, considering that Verizon lists the Ativ SE’s shipping date as April 12, and the first handsets running WP 8.1 will only be out in May. Obviously, the Ativ SE should get updated to the latest version of the OS at some point in the future, but probably not before summer. And this being Verizon, it might even happen in the fall.
As you may have gathered, the Samsung Ativ SE is a Verizon exclusive. It can be yours for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement, or $599.99 outright. However, the carrier is currently running a BOGO (buy one, get one free) promo, which means you can get a second Ativ SE for free – essentially slashing the price of one in half. Furthermore, the second handset, the one you get for free, can also be a Samsung Galaxy S5 or an HTC One M8. However, you have to keep in mind that if you do take advantage of the BOGO deal, you’ll need to sign a new two-year contract for each device you get.
If you’re interested in pre-ordering a Samsung Ativ SE from Verizon, this is where you need to go.