First Samsung Windows Phone 8.1 Handset Leaks

February 7th, 2014 by Mark J

Samsung’s contribution to the lineup of handsets running Windows Phone has been minimal to say the least, which is understandable given the level of success it has had with Android. However it looks like a new Windows Phone device from the Galaxy-maker is on the cards, and the company’s first to run version 8.1.

Prolific smartphone news leaking Twitter account @evleaks has revealed an image of the device which looks just like your average Samsung smartphone. There’s not much to be learnt from the picture except that the handset has one lone home button on the front. And that it has a big Verizon logo at the top, indicating it’s on its way to the US carrier.

Rumours about its internal specs suggest that it’s going to feature a 5” display with a 720×1280 resolution, a quadcore Snapdragon processor and an Adreno 305 GPU. Currently it is codenamed Huron, which will hopefully be changed before the handset is released.

Although this isn’t good news for Windows Phone fans in the UK (no word on if it’s going to be released outside the US) it does at least show that Samsung hasn’t given up on the OS. The last time it released a Windows Phone Device was over a year ago in January 2013 and it’s surprising it’s choosing to launch one now considering that it’s trying to get handsets running its version of Tizen off of the ground.

With Nokia rumoured to be releasing an Android handset, before its deal with Microsoft is finally finalised, 2014 is shaping up to be a topsy turvy year when it comes to smartphone technology.

So far @evleaks has earned itself a reputation as reliable source of information so there’s a decent chance this phone will show up in the near future. The Mobile World Congress is coming up this month and it seems as a good a time to unveil the phone as any, even though it will inevitably be overshadowed by the announcement of the Galaxy S5 which is also expected to be revealed there.

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