Samsung is one of Microsoft’s partners for Windows Phone, but it hasn’t been exactly prolific when it comes to releasing smartphones running the mobile OS. Following the announcement of the Ativ SE in America – a 5-inch, 1080p device exclusive to the Verizon network – details have now leaked of a second phone.
The big difference is the Ativ SE runs Windows Phone 8, but the new phone – currently known as the Ativ Core – could run Windows Phone 8.1. The new software was announced at Microsoft’s Build 2014 event last week, and is so far only confirmed for the Lumia 930, Lumia 630 and the Lumia 635.
Despite this, the Ativ Core won’t be as high-spec as the Ativ SE. The screen is rumoured to be 4.5-inches in size, with a 720p resolution. The processor isn’t mentioned, but it’s likely to be another Qualcomm chip, perhaps a Snapdragon 400. The camera could have 8 megapixels, and the device may be powered by a 2100mAh battery.
All this makes the Ativ Core a solid mid-range device, which would challenge the new Lumia 630 and 635. The leak doesn’t give any hints about where Samsung will launch the Ativ Core, but a European-wide release would make sense, if it wants to challenge the new Lumia phones.
We may not have long to wait before we find out more, as according to the report, Samsung will take the wrapping off the Ativ Core during the next month. This would fit in with Microsoft’s estimates, as it was said during the Build event new Windows Phone 8.1 hardware would start appearing during May.