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

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'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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  • Too little too late for me

    If Sprint had had these devices and 4G LTE in my area a few months ago, they might have kept me as a loyal customer. But I'm on AT&T now with a Lumia and so is my wife.
    Sir Name
  • Sprint coverage is non-existent

    they need to fix that to get customers
  • coverage

    I travel 48 states regularly & people who say Sprints coverage is nonexistent are either misinformed or extremely ignorant, my AT&T & Verizon friends who also travel the 48 drop calls no less than I do. Verizon's overall coverage is slightly better & ATTs voice quality sucks. if you want the truth about national coverage ask any over the road truck driver, they can give you a far better description than any coverage map or blogger that flies from city to city occasionally. Any given carriers coverage may be nonexistent where YOU live but when you travel by land they are fairly equal
    • Horrible Coverage

      Take a trip through the Southern East Coast and tell me how ignorant I am about the poor coverage.
      • where

        are you talking about? I'm in the South east often & of course there are a few places where coverage is spotty like any other carrier. One friend of mine travels nowhere but the South east & he wouldn't dream of paying more for less data with another carrier. In 8 years of travelling the lower 48 I can't recall ever not being able to place a call when I needed to. I can point out areas where Verizon & AT&T get nothing & Sprint does. All I'm saying is if a carriers coverage is bad where You live it doesn't mean that carriers national coverage is bad, people seem to judge a carriers overall based on results from their couch
  • If At First You Don't Succeed, Fail And Fail Again

    Oh goody, more empirical data points to reinforce the conclusion that customers really do care what OS is on their smartphones: take a popular Android model, switch the OS to Windows Phone on the same hardware, and watch it crash and burn, just like all the previous attempts to foist Windows on customers.
  • Really?

    Crash and burn? No, it isn't.. Wake up and smell what you're shoveling..