In Short

The Samsung ATIV SE is a Windows Phone 8.0 device released in mid-April exclusively on Verizon Wireless. The phone is a continuation of the ATIV series from Samsung, and builds off of the same themes and designs of previous ATIV’s including the ATIV S (2012) and ATIV S Neo (2013). It launched with Update 3 of the Windows Phone 8.0 OS.

The ATIV SE is the first Windows Phone 8 device from Samsung with a full 1080P display and the first Windows Phone overall to feature an IR Blaster (so that the phone can act as a remote for TV or cable box). It’s also the first high-end Windows Phone to forgo a dedicated camera button, instead making the user rely on an application to launch.

The phone features an impressive 13 MP rear camera, 2600 mAh replaceable battery, a 5-inch 1080P AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 and a 2.3 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU. It also has 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and a micro SD expansion slot for more memory.

The ATIV SE is expected to get Windows Phone 8.1 in mid-2014.