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Samsung plans midtier Windows Phone handset, report says

The device will be known as the ATIV Core and run on Windows Phone 8.1, according to the report.

Samsung might add another device to the Windows Phone 8.1 marketplace. James Martin/CNET

Samsung is planning another Windows Phone-based handset, a new report claims.

Dubbed the ATIV Core, the device will run on Windows Phone 8.1 and compete in the midtier of the smartphone market, Samsung-tracking site Sammobile reported on Friday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company's plans.

Samsung last year decided to put its Windows Phone efforts on hold to focus on Android and its Bada operating system. However, the company recently had a change of heart and unveiled the ATIV SE, a device currently available for preorder at Verizon, that runs Windows Phone 8.1. That offering is designed for the higher end of the market.

According to Sammobile's sources, the ATIV Core will feature a 4.5-inch display and 720-pixel screen resolution. The blog's sources are unsure of when the device will launch and how much it will cost.

CNET has contacted Samsung for comment on the report. We will update this story when we have more information.