Yesterday we brought you the news of a new Body Glove case for the upcoming Sprint ATIV S Neo from Samsung that was appearing in Sprint stores. While in and of itself that news is not exciting, it did hint that an official release of the phone was close.
Today, things are moving even more as Samsung has listed the phone on their official site with the full specifications. As far as we know (and we could be wrong), this device page is new and it does confirm a few lingering questions. For one, the ATIV S Neo does have 16GB of internal storage and not 8GB as reported earlier. Combined with the up-to 64GB of expandable storage, the Neo should satisfy most users.
However, a small potential area for a letdown is in the display. According to Samsung’s specs, the ATIV S Neo will only use TFT (thin-film-transistor) LCD screen technology instead of HD Super AMOLED, which is found on the ATIV S proper. That’s not necessarily a terrible thing but TFT doesn’t have nearly as good outdoor performance as HD Super AMOLED. (Interestingly, even a Samsung video demonstration points out the superiority of AMOLED over TFT).
Other than that, the specifications for the ATIV S Neo look to be what we’ve expected: 1.4GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 4.8-inch 1280x720 display with a replaceable 2000 mAh battery (rated for 15 hours talk time).
The Sprint Samsung ATIV S Neo is expected to go on sale this Friday at Sprint, though the carrier and manufacturer have not confirmed that data officially. The ATIV S Neo should be priced around $150 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and will be the first highend Windows Phone 8 device for the US based CDMA carrier.
Source: Samsung; Thanks, Kromatico, for the tip!