Sprint gets its first Windows Phone 8 devices: HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo
Surprisingly, the HTC 8XT is actually more similar to the Windows Phone 8S than the 8X, as it has a similar two-color design and decidedly mid-range specs with a 4.3" WVGA screen and the Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. Still, the HTC 8XT for Sprint will also pack an 8MP camera, as well BoomSound (dual front-facing stereo speakers) and Beats Audio, so the audio experience with this phone should be quite satisfying.
Meanwhile, the Samsung ATIV S Neo will be slightly higher-end as it will pack a sizable 4.8" display, 1.4 GHz processor of unnamed type and an ambitious 8MP camera that will come with a bunch of camera apps and shooting modes to augment the phone's camera capabilities.
The HTC 8XT will be offered at $99.99 on contract, while the Samsung ATIV S Neo will have a slightly steeper price tag of $149.99 on contract.
1. DANTExphone888 (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Why Sprint? USCC is starting to suck right now, I'm starting to hope U.S. Cellular gets bought by Verizon or AT&T soon.
3. HASHTAG (Posts: 384; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
Why not Sprint? And your comment in general is a bit off topic.....
7. DANTExphone888 (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Didn't mean for it to be off topic, but My carrier U.S. Cellular is starting to suck and I'm going to try to get them to go to AT&T, but this is very good for Sprint.
9. HASHTAG (Posts: 384; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
I agree with you. I was a USCC customer not long ago and dropped them after 4 months of being with them. But if they ever get bought out, it will likely be by Sprint, maybe Verizon.
2. HASHTAG (Posts: 384; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
The Samsung ATIV-S Neo is going to be my next phone!
4. Moodi (Posts: 21; Member since: 11 May 2013)
why ? Nokia EOS Will be much better i feel so ;)
5. HASHTAG (Posts: 384; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
I may agree, but I am a Sprint customer, and it seems like the Neo is going to be my best option at this point. I don't think I'll ever see a Nokia device on Sprint anytime soon.
8. snowgator (Posts: 3015; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
My Samsung Focus S was an amazing, dependable, seamless device. I loved it. It performed and was supported better then either the Titan or Titan 2 from HTC. As I agree a Nokia is a ways away, I say grab the ATIV S. I think so long as Sammy cares, buy with confidence.
10. HASHTAG (Posts: 384; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
The Samsung Focus was my first Windows device and I loved it! But switched to Sprint, so I had to drop it. I agree with you on the HTC WP devices, I will never buy a Windows Phone from them unless they promise support. I would love to have a Nokia, but again I'm on Sprint. But I think the Neo is going to be what I will end up choosing and will buy with confidence!
28. lsutigers (Posts: 558; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
The thing is I remember shortly after Nokia went Windows Phone exclusive they announced they wanted to make an exclusive WP phone for the big US carriers and shortly thereafter Sprint said Windows Phone had to prove itself before they fully supported it. WTF happened to this deal, Sprint really needs to work with Nokia on a WP phone.
33. HASHTAG (Posts: 384; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
Yeah, I remember Sprint saying that. If it weren't for my student discount, I would probably switch to Verizon or AT&T to get a Nokia device. And it's funny for a company like Sprint to say that WP needs to prove itself when they (Sprint) needs to do the same. Hopefully with Softbank, soon to be in control, Sprint will improve its network, and bring support to more platforms -- including Blackberry (not a fan of BB, but they could of at least picked up the Z10), and Nokia.
34. apocalypsebc (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
I have the HTC Arrive and I love the keyboard on it like I did the HTC Touch Pro 2 that ran Windows Mobile 6.5. I would love to get a Nokia Windows Phone as well but Sprint wont be getting one soon enough. I will also be getting the Samsung Windows Phone when it release next month because HTC does slack a lot on supporting their devices. Sprint will get a BB phone but its the one that suppose to have the keyboard.
36. HASHTAG (Posts: 384; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
Yeah, I know that Sprint will be getting the Q10, but I just figure that most people might favor the Z10 over the Q10.
6. snowgator (Posts: 3015; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Okay, if you like an audio performance or a smaller price tag, the 8XT is appealing. But it's other hardware is mediocre.
If you want higher end or a good camera, the ATIV S Neo (HUH??) will be a nice option, although Samsung seems really up in the air about WP.
Not to mention a higher end Nokia or two will be out on at least AT&T by this time.
Sigh..... After the abuse the HTC Arrive had at the hands of Sprint, I am concerned. But, at least all major carriers will have WP 8's. That is a small victory in itself.
29. lsutigers (Posts: 558; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Windows does not need powerful Android hardware to run well.
11. wendygarett (unregistered)
I'm sick of these carrier exclusive fragmentation, ATT lumia 920, VZW lumia 928, TMO lumia 925, and now Sprint?
Cmon m$ :(
12. snowgator (Posts: 3015; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Amen and Amen!!
While the 92x series are fairly interchangeable from Nokia, it took forever for carriers to get them. And the ATIV S is a great looking device and would have appealed to a ton of buyers.
I am sick of this. Hopefully, LTE adoption will spur an end to this as the tech from one company to another will be more unified. We can hope, right??
21. -box- (Posts: 3470; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Not really fragmentation, more so carrier-specific with frustrating unlocking requirements and lack of interchangeability. Sprint phones don't work on AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon, because they use their own network setup, just as Verizon phones (except unlocked LTE ones) won't work on others, GSM vs CDMA and all that. However, carriers pay a lot to have exclusive phones, which helps reduce development costs for the OEM and.can entice turnover.
24. ZeroCide (Posts: 592; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. It is not fragmentation. IT is carrier BS.
25. ZeroCide (Posts: 592; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
I thinks that might be in for sometime in september or october. Sprint is always late to the party.
14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5426; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i guess this starts to squash the rumors that OEM's aren't working on getting more WP8 devices out...
15. icyrock1 (Posts: 239; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
Snapdragon 400 is quite a bit above the S4 plus chip. Is it the quad core version? Wonder how it will handle in daily usage
16. GeekMovement (Posts: 1115; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Where is Nokia, Sprint?! This is just fail. Bring some higher end WP!
26. ZeroCide (Posts: 592; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
I'm sure the'll get one someday. Sprint is always late to the party.
27. mcshank (Posts: 46; Member since: 24 Apr 2013)
This has been known that it was a htc & samsung for months. Why would you bitch when they are actually getting a WP in general. Be happy with what they are getting or Git Out!
17. scorpeyun (Posts: 20; Member since: 18 May 2012)
One of the Nokia Windows Phones would have been a better option!
19. CEMIII (Posts: 23; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)
Agreed Nokia should be the on the list for a top tiered phone. However this is Sprints fault they are always last on the list because they are dragging way behind with some ghost plan. They just refuse to get what the people want in a timely matter.
For most it doesn't matter that they have unlimited plans. They are limited because they simply do not offer top tier devices for all oem's
22. -box- (Posts: 3470; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I think the millions they wasted getting the iphone hurt that a lot. They used to get the nice phones first, like the EVO and one of the Galaxies they had first.
30. lsutigers (Posts: 558; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Sprint made it clear, they did not want to go balls deep with WP until MS proved it was a viable platform, and here they are being cautiously optimistic. It takes a ton of money to design, negotiate, carry and promote a phone.
20. CEMIII (Posts: 23; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)
Common the Sansung Ative S in Q3 are you serious quad cores will be out in Q4
31. lsutigers (Posts: 558; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
You DON'T need quad core on Windows Phones, they run just fine with dual core processors. Besides, WP don't support quad core yet.
23. Landmarkcm (Posts: 285; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
From Htc site Add volume to your everyday life with the first Windows Phone with BoomSound™. Take great pictures day or night with a low light camera featuring back-side illumination and f2.0 lens. All built in a smartphone designed to fit your hand and your world. This I would consider. IM just going back to a radar with 7.8 because its camera is better then the 8s that followed it. The lower light and BSI they use really make a difference.http://www.htc.com/us/smartpho
32. ZeroCide (Posts: 592; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
The last windows phone that Sprint had is at best a mediocure phone even when it was launched. According to sprint it did not meet their expectations. but they did not advertise nor push the platform. Everyone who has had a WP that i know of likes those things. Now that Noika has pushed the WP platform into more mainstream I think these phones might do better than the unadvertised arrive. They can ride Nokias coat-tails on a carrier with no Nokias.
35. wumberpeb (Posts: 380; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
"It's about damn time Sprint!" said all 6 Windows Phone loving Sprint customers