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Sprint could be the first U.S. carrier with the Samsung Ativ S and HTC Tiara

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Sprint could be the first U.S. carrier with the Samsung Ativ S and HTC Tiara
Back in January, Sprint announced that it would be getting a pair of Windows Phone 8 handsets to sell by the summer. What made this so interesting is that previously, Sprint had offered only one other Windows Phone model in its history, the HTC Arrive. So what are the two Windows Phone models coming to the nation's third largest carrier? According to the latest buzz, the Samsung Ativ S and the HTC Tiara are the handsets running Microsoft's mobile OS that will be available this summer from Sprint.

The Samsung Ativ S

The Samsung Ativ S

The Samsung Ativ S has many similar specs to the Samsung Galaxy S III. It features a 4.8 inch SuperAMOLED screen with resolution of 720 x 1280 which works out to a pixel density of 306ppi. A dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 processor is under the hood with the Adreno 225 GPU crunching graphics. With 1GB of RAM on board, the handset comes with 16GB of native storage which can be expanded by as much as 64GB with the microSD slot on the device. The 8MP camera on back captures video in 1080p at 29fps and there is a 1.9MP shooter up front. A 2300mAh cell powers the show.

Meanwhile, the other expected Windows Phone 8 device heading to Sprint is speculated to be the HTC Tiara. The Tiara will be one of the first Windows Phone devices running on Windows Phone 8 GDR2 (General Distribution Release). It features a 4.3 inch WVGA LCD2 screen with a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor doing the heavy lifting. 8GB of native storage is on board and an 1800mAh cell keeps the lights on. The back and front cameras weigh in respectively at 8 MP and 1.6MP.

The word around the water cooler is that these two phones will be launched in May or June. If you're a Sprint subscriber and want to give Windows Phone 8 a shot, your chance could be just a few weeks away.

source: TheVerge via TechRadar

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posted on 26 Mar 2013, 19:44 1

1. tigermcm (Posts: 725; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


No one believed me when i said sprint would be the one to bring the ativ s state side. Not only that no one believed me that it wouldnt start until the focus was taken off the s3 and now on to the s4. Now theres spare s3 parts available for the ativ s.......too late smh

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 21:18 4

7. akz1112 (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)


u want a cookie?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 22:51 1

8. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Maybe a biscuit

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 01:50

14. NateAdam8 (Posts: 216; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


How about a big bag of STFU!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 19:44 6

2. KickRocks (Posts: 114; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Could be nice but it's still on sprint, so there goes that!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 20:24 1

3. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Too true!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 23:15

10. Ruckus (Posts: 276; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


You guys must either not be a fan of unlimited data (at&t and Vzw users) or a fan of coverage (T-Mobile) lol :) the choice is yours.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 07:46 2

16. JDogg5281 (Posts: 60; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


No....just fans of being able to actually use your data with some kind of quickness. Hows that sprint 3g speed working out...actually hows WiMax going.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 20:46

22. lsutigers (Posts: 738; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Actually, Sprint 3G data is running between 1.3 - 2.4 mbps, 4G WiMAX is between 4 - 12mbps and 4G LTE is running between 17 - 36mbps in my market that was upgraded a few months ago. Sprint is serious about network investment and the speeds are plenty fast. Finally, this is the year I switch my family plan from Verizon to Sprint.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 20:53 1

4. Ruckus (Posts: 276; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Thank you Sprint! I've been waiting far too long. Its ashame there isn't a Lumia model in Sprint (yet) but the Ativ-S is solid and the Tiara seems legit too.

Im tired of the slow inaccurate buggy user interface Android has.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 21:14 4

6. ZeroCide (Posts: 694; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Man you gotta be careful what you say around here... You gonna get yourself shot.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 23:11 1

9. Ruckus (Posts: 276; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


For what??? Saying Androids UI is terrible? Its quite true :) soon i can dump this overrated piece of **** Android device names the Motorola Photon :)

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 00:12 1

12. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


the photon was a pos when it came out. you wouldn't be complaining as much if you have a s3 or the newer motorola

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 08:29

23. lsutigers (Posts: 738; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Actually my buddy still has a Photon and he is quite happy with it. He gets reception is places where no other phone ever works. If it wasn't for Motorola castrating it by not upgrading it to even ICS, the phone would still be great. That was such a bad move by Moto, a lot of people got burned by buying the phone based on Motorola's guarantee it would upgrade the OS and never did.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 21:04 1

5. ZeroCide (Posts: 694; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


I'll believe it when i see it at my sprint store.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 00:11 1

11. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


why would they not bring in nokia? sprint seems to want windows to fail.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 00:38 1

13. Kite09 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


I'm on Sprint now with the S3 and feel like I'm driving a Ferarri in a perpetual school zone. Sprint needs to step up their network game to get on par with ATT & Verizon.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 02:02 1

15. NateAdam8 (Posts: 216; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


One of my Sisters are with Sprint and her Data Speed sucks ass I feel like my T-Mobiles "4G" is faster but at least there getting a Samsung Ativ S........................ f**k THE iPHONE!!!!!!!

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 13:30

17. JEverettnow (Posts: 202; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


1 gig of ram? That doesnt cut it

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 13:37 1

18. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


No matter what phone(s) they carry, they'll still have a sh*tty network.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 14:51

19. dkpitman (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


I can't help but wonder why Sprint feels the need to introduce two WP8 phones only months before Microsoft's annual WP release?

When Sprint began carrying the iPhone 4S, they didn't decide to release the 4 that summer. (I believe the 4S was the first iPhone on Sprint... right?)

I'd lik to see Sprint decide to give WP a fighting chance, even though they're afraid it could interfere with their iPhone sales.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 16:18

20. Jyakotu (Posts: 821; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Kind of wish Sprint got a Lumia model, but the Ativ S is still a solid choice.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 18:06

21. ZeroCide (Posts: 694; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


wishin and prayin for Lumia 940. COME-ON SPRINT!!!

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