Though the Galaxy S5 has been grabbing all the headlines in the past few weeks, reports have surfaced online that claim that Samsung is also likely to unveil a new Windows Phone. Now, @evleaks has posted a photo of a new device called Samsung SM-W750V Huron , which the leakster claims is the company s forthcoming Windows Phone 8.1-powered device. This particular model is headed to Verizon Wireless, a network carrier in the US. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M33 5G India launch likely next month: Launch date, specifications, price and moreAlso Read - Samsung confirms Unpacked 2022 to launch Galaxy S22 series with Noteworthy features
Looking at the device, you can t help but compare it to the current flagship model the Galaxy S4. It has the now familiar rounded form factor, sensors and the front camera at the top, the power button on the right, volume rocker on the left and a physical button at the bottom. It even looks to be similar in size, which could mean that it would flaunt a 5-inch 1080p display. Though there isn t much information available about the device, it is likely that Samsung will unveil the device at the MWC later this month along with the Galaxy S5. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S21 FE review: A flagship that was worth buying in 2021
It s no secret that Samsung has been trying to reduce its dependence on Android, but its efforts to make Tizen the next big thing has hit one roadblock after another. In this scenario, it is not surprising to see Samsung putting in more resources to develop devices running on Windows Phone. Since the turn of the year reports have claimed that Samsung has been working on a Windows Phone. It was also claimed that Samsung had received around $1.2 billion by Microsoft for this venture, something the Redmond-based company soon declined.
While the merits of going for a Windows Phone smartphone can be debated upon, it would be a smart strategy for Samsung to launch smartphones running on the platform using already existing Android hardware. This would ensure minimal investment in hardware to target a new audience.
This won’t be the first time that Samsung would launch a Windows Phone smartphone, having launched and abandoned its Ativ series of devices earlier. Most of those smartphones ended up being little more than press releases with the devices not made available in stores in most markets. We don’t see how this would be any different, unless Microsoft itself undertakes the task to market and distribute the smartphone. Which is most likely going to be the case. Samsung has made it clear that Android would be its primary smartphone platform and the reported deals from the past few weeks only cement it further.