HTC and Samsung will be the first manufacturers to bring Windows Phone to Sprint. The HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo were officially announced yesterday with a release date for us to guess — all they said is summer 2013. We’ve reported about these phones for a few months now and now we just need a real release date.
What this means for Microsoft is huge. There are now at least two Windows Phone devices on every major carrier in the US, and Samsung’s involvement with Windows Phone is a good sign despite their monstrous success with Android.
Let’s learn a little about both of these phones.
HTC 8XT — A colorful Windows Phone for Sprint
The HTC 8XT is pretty much the Sprint version of the HTC 8X that you can find on other carriers, with a few improvements. HTC BoomSound will be featured on this phone bringing some great sound quality when listening to music. It has two front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amp for powerful sound quality.
Specifications of HTC 8XT
- 8-megapixel camera, LED flash, dedicated camaera button, 1080p video
- 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, expandable with SD memory card
- 4.3-inch display
- 1,800mAh battery
The HTC 8XT is a phone that should appeal to the masses and a good price to go with it. It will launch for $99.99 with a 2-year agreement or upgrade.
Samsung ATIV S Neo – Big Screen + Windows Phone
You won’t find a Windows Phone device with a screen bigger than 4.8-inches. That’s exactly what this phone offers with an HD display. It has the same processing power and RAM as the 8XT, but a bigger battery.
Specifications of Samsung ATIV S Neo
- NFC enabled
- 2,00mAh removable battery
- 4.8-inch HD display
- 1.4GHZ dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, expandable microSD slot
- 8-megapixel camera, LED flash
The Samsung ATIV S Neo will start at $149.99 with a new 2-year contract or upgrade.
Both of these phones are LTE enabled. According to Sprint, LTE is available in the following regions:
Sprint offers 4G LTE in top summer destinations like Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sprint offers 4G LTE service in 110 markets nationwide and expects to provide 200 million people with LTE by the end of 2013.
In our testing, LTE is not so great in the LA/Orange County region. It’s spotty, and when we do get LTE — it’s slow. Sprint still has some work to do there.
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