Among the many features and specifications about the OS, we are pretty sure that new hardware will be introduced along with the announcement of the 8.1 update. One of those devices might be the Samsung ATIV SE, codenamed “Huron,” destined for Verizon, and now reportedly going to be released on April 18th.
Along with that release date, the ATIV SE reportedly will have a $599 full retail price tag, which prices the device $50 more than the Nokia Lumia Icon. That would lead us to believe that this new Samsung would also be $199 on a two-year contract.
We have seen some renderings of the device. It is clearly re-using components of established players like the Samsung Galaxy S4, and that is not a bad thing. We are pretty comfortable with what we know so far about the device.
What we still do not know is if the ATIV SE will make its debut packing Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, or if it will receive the update down the road. It would be reasonable to expect that pre-orders for the device would begin following an announcement at Build 2014.