Samsung Ativ SE Review

Samsung has once again knocked door of the mobile world with its new flagship. Everyone is aware of the Samsung’s device which are launched at regular interval, this time you will be surprised with the Samsung’s new device because it will not be an Android running smartphone. Neither it is running on Tizen OS but you will encounter new Samsung device running on Windows OS. So finally Samsung has broken the silence by producing Windows operating phone. Only Samsung can gamble with the technologies and OS, Samsung is doing well with Android OS but still Samsung is trying hands with Windows OS whose existence is not much liked by the people.

Samsung definitely would have planned something behind the release of this phone. Samsung has tried to introduce its best hardware and specifications for new Windows OS phone which will definitely drag everybody’s attention all over globe. What’s new in this phone and what strategies Samsung has made to make this phone successful, which new hardware and specifications is been installed to beat the other Windows operating phone. In fact the detail review of Samsung Ativ SE’s talent is about to begin.


Before getting into the testing, let’s have a quick look at the phone’s highlights:

  • Windows Phone 8
  • 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display
  • 1920 ×1080 pixels resolution at 441ppi pixel density
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 13 Megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and BSI sensor
  • 2 Megapixel  front facing camera
  • Full HD video recording
  • 16GB internal memory,  expandable upto 64GB using microSD Card
  • Infrared LED for smart TV remote
  • 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (HT80), Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and NFC
  • 2600 mAh Battery

Design and Packaging:

Samsung phones are not meant to have creative designs for each flagship; you will find every Samsung phone related to other in terms of design. Very minute difference is observed when we talk about Samsung phones. Same is repeated with Samsung Ativ SE, if you have encountered Samsung S4 then you will get confused between Ativ SE and S4 because they have almost same body design except of speakers located at back. Samsung has used very familiar body material for Ativ SE which we have already encountered in different Samsung models.

Samsung Ativ SE Review rear

Body of Ativ SE is tough and rigid to handle daily rigors of life, body is plastic finished but seems like metal coating which is derived from Samsung Note 2. Phone has dimensions of 137.7 x 69.9 x 8.4mm which is impressive figures and weights more than Samsung S4. Phone gives good feel hold with perfect grip. Front of the phone is elegant like of Samsung S4 with huge screen in front and below lays traditional Samsung buttons one for back, one for options and centre round button for Windows. Only difference is now middle round button will be Windows home button or start button.

Samsung Ativ SE Review buttonsAbove the screen Ativ SE is given with VGA camera and set of sensors proximity and ambient light sensors with notification tray and Verizon Logo below earpiece. Back of the phone is given with rear camera and flash followed by it. Samsung logo at the centre of the back and followed by 4G branding makes this phone. Huge speaker at the bottom of the phone makes this phone to stand apart from traditional back design from Samsung.

Samsung Ativ SE rear

Sides of the phone is chrome finished plastic which has volume rocker buttons on left of the phone and power button on the right of the phone. microUSB slot and microphone pinhole at the bottom of the phone and 3.5mm audio jack, active noise cancellation, IR blaster on the top. Design part is not so creative but tough and has premium looks.

Display / Screen:

Display of the Samsung will not give you any reason to point out faults and improvements required. Super AMOLED display placed by Samsung is most renowned and proven display which has superior color reproduction and perfect viewing angle. Pen Tile matrix technology provides you natural color output with perfect balance of RGB. Samsung Ativ SE Screen

Ativ SE has adopted display technology from Samsung S4; 5 inch full HD Super AMOLED display with 441ppi gives you sharper output. Screen is guarded by Gorilla Glass 3 so do not worry about the scratches on your phone. Contrast ratio of the display is good and has good Sun-legibility so that you can read your phone even under bright sunlight.

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