HTC 8XT and Samsung Ativ S Neo - Sprint's First Windows8 Phones

Windows Phone 8 is finally coming to Sprint. Sprint announced their first two WP8 phones today, the Samsung ATIV S Neo and the HTC 8XT. Both will be releasing LTE devices running the latest version of Windows Phone sometime this summer, though specific release dates have yet to be announced. Sprint customers will be having two choices this summer with two new Windows Phone 8 devices launching from HTC and Samsung.

Sprint (NYSE: S) and Microsoft Corp. today outlined plans to launch the first two Windows Phone 8 smartphones to offer Truly UnlimitedSM Sprint 4G LTE this summer – HTC® 8XT and Samsung ATIV S™ Neo. Customers will appreciate access to the advanced features and capabilities of these devices with the benefit of unlimited 4G LTE (available in select markets) data, text and calling to any mobile with no metering, no throttling, and no overages, all while on the Sprint network.

“We know our customers are anxious to get their hands on these Windows Phone 8 smartphones, HTC 8XT and ATIV S Neo,” said Fared Adib, senior vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Without a doubt, they will rival any smartphone on the market today. Our customers will appreciate being able to use them all day, every day without worrying about overages or data caps.”


HTC's Windows Phone 8X device is a well-designed device that has great pocket appeal. HTC took much of that same design philosophy and applied it to the new 8XT, along with the fabulous BoomSound front facing stereo speakers we see in the HTC One.

The $99 HTC 8XT BoomSound system includes Beats Audio and a dedicated amplifier for top notch sound. An 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.6 megapixel front facing camera are included. The 8XT is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.4GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, microSD card slot, and 4.3 inch display.

Samsung ATIV S Neo:

Samsung hasn't been a very active Windows Phone participant, but does have decent offerings with Windows Phone devices modeled after its successful Android models. The ATIV S Neo will have a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, microSD card slot, 4.8 inch display, 8 megapixel rear camera, and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera.

The ATIV S Neo will also include several Samsung utilities, such as ATIV Beam, Now, Beauty Shot, Manga Camera, Photo Editor, and more. The ATIV S Neo will be priced at $149.99.

With Nokia leading the Windows Phone market by a huge margin and now having flagship devices on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile (soon), I imagine we may hear about a Nokia device for Sprint later as well. These two devices are mid-range Windows Phone 8 devices so a flagship has yet to be revealed for Sprint.

“We are excited to be bringing the most personal smartphone experience to Sprint customers this summer,” said Terry Myerson, corporate vice president, Microsoft Windows Phone Division. “With compelling hardware from HTC and Samsung, coupled with unlimited 4G LTE from Sprint, these Windows Phones will offer the complete package.”
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Write by: RC - Thursday, June 27, 2013

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