We've got some interesting news for you, folks. PhoneArena has managed to get hold of the new ATIV S Neo, which will eventually be heading to Sprint. The Samsung Windows Phone was announced by the US mobile operator last month, showing signs of support for Microsoft's platform along with the HTC 8XT.
While not an entirely new ATIV product, Samsung has built on the strengths of the original ATIV S, offering Sprint customers something unique, but also familiar with Windows Phone 8. Think of the Neo as the Lumia 928 to the Lumia 920. It's part of the same family but with a different taste. If you own the ATIV S, you're not missing out. But if you're looking for a new Windows Phone, there's certainly a strong choice for you on Sprint.
If you're not familiar with the specifications of the ATIV S Neo, we're looking at a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB (or 16GB) internal storage (with microSD support), 4.8-inch display (probably utilising Super AMOLED), 8MP shooter (with 1.9MP FFC) and a 2,000mAh removable battery. It's quite the work horse.
Overall first impression? It's a new Windows Phone from Samsung. That alone makes this an impressive piece of kit. Personally, I like the design. It's not as premium looking as the original ATIV S, but Sprint will at least have a high-end smartphone running Microsoft's mobile OS. The Windows Phone will be launching this summer and will be available for $149.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate.
Here's a quick sample from the camera:
We'll hopefully have a unit with us soon, so be sure to remain tuned to our feeds for previews and a review.
Source: PhoneArena; thanks, iknowsingh, for the tip!