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We knew a Samsung-made Windows Phone was coming and a new leaked image backs up the claim. As expected, the phone looks like a re-purposed Galaxy S4 for use on Verizon’s LTE network in the U.S.

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Evidence of a new Samsung Windows Phone continues to mount: On Sunday, an image of the handset for Verizon was published by industry insider @evleaks. You didn’t really need to see the picture if you’ve ever seen Samsung’s Galaxy S4 from 2013, however, because this phone looks just like it.

Based on the image and what we’ve heard prior, the Samsung ATIV SE will have a 5-inch, 1080p display and, of course, LTE radio support. Windows Phone 8.1 is the likely version inside this slightly tweaked Galaxy S4.

Early last month, I suggested Samsung would take the repurposing approach for the phone and would make it for Verizon’s network.

Why? Because Samsung doesn’t need or want to invest design time to create a completely new Windows Phone when the company is making so much money from its Android handsets. I wrote:

“[B]y using a pre-existing handset — say the Galaxy S4 — Samsung wouldn’t be starting from scratch with a completely new hardware design. The company can save money by reusing much of the Galaxy S production line instead of creating an entirely new handset just to run Windows Phone. With little financial risk then, Samsung can reap reasonable rewards with Windows Phone.”

And if the company is going to build a Windows Phone for the U.S. market at all, I figured it would target Verizon, at least initially, because of the carrier’s large subscriber base. It simply wouldn’t make sense to start out on a smaller carrier because it would take longer to maximize profits from a limited number of sales.

  1. No surprise here. Samsung’s last WP for Verizon was basically the S3… with less features.
    I would never expect a fully redesigned phone from Samsung specifically for WP, but it would be nice if they invested a little more and offered a version closer to their current Android flagship, i.e., the S5. Instead of offering hand me downs.
    Maybe if they offered devices more on par with their new Android devices, they would have a noticeable WP share. Instead of what they have now.

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  2. Why the hell is there a better speaker on this than any of the Android devices? They keep putting tinny, sh*tty speakers into their Android phones and it’s really annoying.

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  3. There is a bit of difference between the Galaxy S4 and the ATIV SE is the speakerphone at the back.

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  4. Michael Reilly Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    I have a Verizon Galaxy Note 3 (Android), and I don’t particularly like it, because I can’t particularly do work on it, or ink notes. I can ink on Evernote, but I can’t change it later to text, and I can’t ink at all on Onenote. On my windows tablet, I could ink in Onenote, and change it later to text.

    I want Samsung to put Windows 8.1 on the Galaxy Note 3 (or for Nokia to put Wacom digitizer on it’s big phone).

    I want Microsoft to let Onenote work on Windows 8.1 just like it works on Windows 8. I want to start inking in Windows Phone (in the cloud, even better), and bring the note up later on my Windows computer, where I’ll change the inking to text. If Microsoft could do this with the rest of Office, it would be amazing.

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