Sprint announces HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo Windows Phone 8 devices

Summary:Sprint is again the last major carrier to carry a Windows Phone device and today announced that two new models will be coming later this summer.

Sprint customers only had one choice in Windows Phone the first time around, but it looks like there will be two choices this summer with two new Windows Phone 8 devices launching from HTC and Samsung. Sprint made the announcement this morning as the Microsoft Build event gets ready to kick off.

Sprint announces HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo Windows Phone 8 devices
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HTC 8XT

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.

Topics: Mobility, HTC, Microsoft, Samsung, Smartphones, Windows Phone

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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