Samsung’s ATIV SE Is A Beefed-Up Galaxy S4 In Windows Phone 8 Dress

Samsung has won a fair number of fans in the Android space with its Galaxy line of smartphones, so if looking to duplicating that success in Windows Phone territory, it makes sense to stick with a physical design that works. That's what Samsung has done -- the company's ATIV SE is now official and it arrives at Verizon dressed like a Galaxy S4 but rocking Windows Phone 8.

It also has an un-named 2.3GHz quad-core processor (our money's on it being a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC), 5-inch Full HD 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage supplemented with a microSD card slot, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera that's accessible when the phone is locked, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 4G LTE connectivity, 2,600 mAh battery, and Windows Phone 8.


Not only does the ATIV SE look like a Galaxy S4, the specs are very close as well. The ATIV SE has a faster processor, a lower version of Bluetooth (3.0 versus 4.0 LE) and a bigger frame measuring 5.24 inches (H) by 2.75 inches (W) by 0.33 inches (D).


The Samsung ATIV SE is available to pre-order at Verizon Wireless for $200 with a two-year service agreement for $600 off contract. Verizon's running a promotion where if you buy one on a two-year plan, you get a select second phone for free. The phone will ship out April 12.