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The wait is almost over, Sprint fans. The carrier today took the wraps off the HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo, the first two Windows Phone 8 models designed for Sprint’s 4G LTE network. The phones, which were unveiled just hours before the start of Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference in San Francisco, are expected to go on sale later this summer with the carrier’s Truly Unlimited service plans.
The HTC 8XT will cost $99.99, while the Samsung ATIV S Neo will be available for $149.99. Both prices assume a new line or eligible upgrade, standard two-year contract, and the use of a $50 mail-in rebate. If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on Windows Phone 8, which won this year’s PC Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for best mobile operating system, you can register for news and email updates at www.sprint.com/windows8, so you’ll know as soon as they’re headed to stores.
Sprint said it would have more to say about the phones in the weeks ahead (read their official release). Meantime, here’s a quick peek at these two great new additions to the Windows Phone 8 family.
Developed by HTC’s award-winning design team, the HTC 8XT is great for shutterbugs and music lovers. The phone’s 8-megapixel primary camera, with autofocus and an LED flash, is designed to capture great images under bright- and low-light conditions, take video and still pictures simultaneously, and has a built-in multi-shot burst mode for action shots. (For selfies, there’s also a front-facing 1.6-megapixel camera.)
On the sound front, the phone introduces HTC BoomSound for the first time on Windows Phone 8. With dual front-facing stereo speakers and a dedicated amplifier, BoomSound means no more holding your phone to your ear when you’re trying to listen to music or watch YouTube in a noisy room. The 8XT also has Beats Audio for studio-quality sound and dual built-in microphones for better audio capture.
Other specs include a 4.3-inch screen 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot with support for up to 64GB memory, and 1,800mAh lithium-ion battery.
ATIV S Neo
The Samsung ATIV S Neo, which sports an 8-megapixel primary camera and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, is another great option if you love taking pictures. The phone comes with a bunch of preloaded photo apps, including Beauty Shot for smoother looking skin in headshots, Magna Camera for turning friends and family into cartoons, and Photo Editor for easy editing, fixing up, and sharing of pics.
The ATIV S Neo sports a 4.8-inch HD display, 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD memory card slot, and 2,000mAh lithium-ion removable battery. The phone also features ATIV Beam, which uses NFC for sharing photos, music, and videos with other Windows Phone 8 smartphones and some Android devices.
I'm a bit disappointed in these offerings, neither is really driving me to buy.
@FarStrider CDMA phones roam fine in Canada, I took my Arrive there just this week. Now the only thing I did with it was text US numbers because international roaming is expensive, but it did work.
I feel your pain. Waited over a year to find out that the "exciting" and "latest technology" phone my carrier (US Cellular) would be releasing was the Samsung Ativ Odyssey - argh! I'm moving to AT&T when the Nokia EOS (Elvis) is released later this year.
I'm happy to see windows phone on sprint but as someone else mentioned these are quite a disappointment. A bit more high end would be nice. Or a Nokia would be even better especially since all the other networks now have a Nokia. I have an HTC phone and it's bad so I will not get another. I rather try a Nokia. The Samsung doesn't look much better.
I could see that the only reason why they stalled for so long is their need for cdma compatible devices(which they are about the only ones left. making the partial gsm support thrown in just for roaming in places like canada a must have) hopefully sammy or otterbox has some better cases to go with the ativ then what currently exists. Whats funny is there usung a weaker battery then the sgh-t899m guess that means it runs cdma 1st & sprints lte is a fallback.
No, no, no, NO, NO! I want a good flagship device. Both of these are dated.
I would totally settle for the gorgeous 8XT if it was the 8X (still dated) or had a 720p display. There's no way I wanna be stuck with 480p for two years.
That ATIV S Neo (what a mouthful) has better specs of course, but is one ugly piece of rubbish.
PLEASE, for the love of everything good on planet Earth, just give me the honor of THROWING MONEY AT YOU for a decent flagship device. I didn't suffer with Android (three-year-old HTC Evo 4G) for several months past my upgrade date just to settle with rehashed and dated hardware that was promised to be "new" months ago.
Sprint didn't seem to learn that the Arrive didn't sell well because they neither marketed it (seriously: none at all at my store; I had to ask and the clerk barely had any clue what I was talking about) nor put out a decent device. They still haven't learned their lesson obviously. It's fine, stick with the Android/iOS duopoly, I'll convince my dad onto another carrier somehow.
Too little, too late, and too vague "late Summer"?. Switching to T-Mobile.