Verizon has listed the Samsung ATIV SE smartphone for pre-order. Slated to ship by April 12, the 5-inch handset will cost $199 subsidized and $599 unlocked. To promote it, Verizon is letting buyers of the ATIV SE procure another handset of the same value, such as the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 for free, but a two-year contract is required with each device.
The ATIV SE runs Windows Phone 8 out of the box. It's a powerful LTE device with a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU (presumably the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800), 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage memory, a pair of 13MP rear and 2MP front cameras with 1080p video recording, and a 2600mAh battery. It looks like a capable alternative to the Nokia Lumia Icon, another Verizon Windows Phone-exclusive. It also has some perks, such as Channel Surf for Smart TVs, Samsung Link for sharing content across devices, and ATIV Beam for sending files to Android devices.
As the majority of our readers have been voting that they are really excited about Windows Phone 8.1, we asked Verizon whether the ATIV SE is eligible for an update. We'll update the article if the carrier responds.
Samsung ATIV SE