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ATIV Core tipped as Samsung's first Windows Phone 8.1 handset

Apparently not content with its wide lead in the Android Market or having its own Tizen OS backup plan, Samsung appears to be making up for lost time with a second new handset, this time running the latest version of Microsoft's smartphone operating system.

SamMobile caught wind today that Samsung plans to follow up its just-announced ATIV SE Windows Phone 8 flagship smartphone for Verizon Wireless with a second device a little further down the food chain.

Billed as the Samsung ATIV Core, the as-yet unannounced handset is said to be the Korean manufacturer's first to run the forthcoming Windows Phone 8.1, which Microsoft finally made official during this week's Build developer conference.

The handset is reportedly far enough along the supply chain that it could land in stores around the same time as Nokia's latest devices next month - but unless the pricing is rock-bottom, the specs may keep Windows Phone 8.1 fans from jumping on board.

Fair to middling

While Samsung's ATIV SE offers Verizon customers a pretty sweet assortment of Windows Phone 8-enabled technology, ATIV Core appears to be aimed at the less-discriminating buyer.

The report details a 4.5-inch display with a 720p resolution, 1GB of RAM and 2100mAh battery, although there's no firm details on what kind of processing power is behind ATIV Core.

ATIV Core's camera may hold more promise, with tipsters offering contradicting claims of either 8MP or 13MP resolution, which will probably wind up on the lower end of that spectrum.

No word on carriers, pricing or other launch details have turned up yet, but with Windows Phone 8.1 apparently headed to developers on April 14, these details should start rolling out in short order.


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