Sprint announces WP8 HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo

posted at 26 June, 2013

The first Windows Phone 8 devices to become available on Sprint, the HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo, are expected to hit the US market this summer.

The first of the two is the HTC 8XT, which comes with a 4.3-inch display of WVGA resolution and gets its power from a Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 1.4 GHz dual-core Krait CPU backed up be 1GB of RAM. Its internal memory is only 8 GB but, fortunately, it can be expanded by up to 64GB using the microSD card slot. The HTC 8XT for Sprint also packs an 8-megapixels camera, BoomSound and Beats Audio for a better audio experience, as well as a 1800 mAh battery.

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“We know our customers are anxious to get their hands on these Windows Phone 8 smartphones, HTC 8XT and ATIV S Neo,” said Fared Adib, senior vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Without a doubt, they will rival any smartphone on the market today. Our customers will appreciate being able to use them all day, every day without worrying about overages or data caps.”

Samsung's ATIV S Neo is a bit higher-end and will offer a larger 4.8-inch display of 720p resolution, a dual-core 1.4 GHz processor of unnamed type backed up by 1 GB of RAM and a 2000 mAh battery. It also offers ATIV S's NFC connectivity, an 8-megapixels main camera and a 1.9-megapixels front-facing unit.

There is no specific release date except for "this summer," but pricing has been listed at $99 for the HTC 8XT (after $50 rebate), and $149 for the Samsung ATIV S Neo (after $50 rebate) on contract.

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