Sprint, the one of the four major U.S. carriers which has been the most reticent to back Windows Phone, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show on January 7 that it will have two different models available by "this summer."
According to Sprint's press release: "Sprint will bring two initial handsets to customers by summer – one each from Samsung and HTC." Neither Sprint nor Microsoft specified which Samsung or HTC models will be added.
Verizon and Microsoft also announced today at CES that Verizon will finally make the "Odyssey" Samsung Windows Phone 8 device available some time in "the coming weeks." (A shot of the Odyssey is featured at right.)
The Samsug ATIV Odyssey, a sister device to the already shipping Samsung ATIV-S, will feature a 4-inch 800x480 Super AMOLED display, a 5 megapixel rear camera with 1080p recording and playback, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and 2100mAh battery. It will come with 8 GB of storage and support up to 64 GB microSD cards.
In October, Microsoft officials said that the Samsung ATIV would be available on Verizon in December 2012. The alleged specs for the ATIV Odyssey leaked a couple of months ago.
Verizon already is selling the HTC 8X and the Lumia 822 Windows Phone 8 handsets. The Odyssey is the only Samsung Windows Phone 8 handset slated to reach the U.S. market at present.