Sprint's next Windows Phone, the HTC Tiara, inches closer to release with FCC cert

Some good news on a Friday for the 5 of you Sprint customers still rocking a Windows Phone 7.x device. We’ve known for sure since early January that you’d be getting some Windows Phone 8 handsets around summer time. One from Samsung and the other from HTC – the Tiara and Ativ S. One of those devices looks like it’s spent some time with our friends at the FCC. Is Sprint about to get some Windows Phone 8 love?

We’ve seen the HTC phone destined for Sprint pop up on our radars in the recent months, but haven’t heard much of the Samsung offering. And it looks like it will stay that way, the device at the FCC is from HTC.

Today’s stop at the FCC doesn’t reveal too much that we couldn’t have figured out with a good guestimate. For specs we have standard things like support for NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and WiFi a/b/g/n. You’ll remember that while phones like the Lumia 920 have the ability to someday take advantage of their Bluetooth 4.0 hardware, the Windows Phone OS currently is holding that ability back. But it’s nice to see this device be somewhat future proof in that regard.

So what makes this device destined for Sprint? The FCC filings indicate support for CDMA and LTE Band 25. Other than that, nothing else has new has been learned about this device. We suspect it to be a mid-range smartphone with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8GB internal storage, 4.3 inch WVGA LCD2 display, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with 1.6MP up front. Powering all this is an 1800 mAh battery.  

So for the few of you readers on Sprint, are you looking to this device or the Samsung Ativ S? Or have you already jumped ship or plan to when the Eos launches? Sound off below with your thoughts.

Thanks for the tip Rich E!

Source: FCC, Via: Engadget

Sam Sabri