Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8.1 handset pictured in consequently image

Verizon is preparing to launch its 5-inch Nokia Lumia Icon Windows Phone handset shortly, but it looks like the carrier will also make a new presentation for a Samsung Windows Phone 8.1 device in future.


Evleaks, une of the main specialists in that domain, reveals a new face of  of an unannounced Samsung “Huron” Windows Phone. The handset includes Verizon branding, and it looks very similar to Samsung’s Ativ S and Galaxy S3 / S4 devices.

While the Ativ S has capacitive search and back buttons, this latest leaked Samsung “Huron” handset appears to only include a dedicated home button and some opinions are that is a new approach of this problem.

We’ve heard Microsoft is planning to use on-screen buttons for some Windows Phone 8.1 handsets, and Nokia’s “Moneypenny” device will likely be the first example of that, but Samsung could be opting for a mix of hardware buttons and on-screen. We aren`t so sure about this, but in our opinion, it could appear an incomplete rendering because the capacitive buttons aren`t so reliable. In this case, we believe that Samsung will use the same type of buttons (non-capacitive) as Samsung has used non-capacitive home buttons on its previous Windows Phones. Also of note, there’s no dedicated camera button on the Huron.

No solid specifications have leaked yet for Samsung’s Huron handset, but rumors suggest it will include a 5-inch or 4.3-inch 1080p display. The handset was tested recently with  Bluetooth 3.0 testing, and Windows Phone trackers Ad Duplex. These tests were performed also on Verizon.  We have a contradiction between Ad Duplex and Evleaks, both sides claiming the version of  OS (Ad Duplex claims claims the handset, identified as the SM-W750V, is running Windows Phone 8 which contradicts Evleaks claim of Windows Phone 8.1). While Samsung may unveil its latest Galaxy S5 handset in Barcelona later this month, it’s possible the company could also use its latest Unpacked event to detail its future Windows Phone handsets.