AT&T gets the Samsung Focus 2: extremely affordable LTE Windows Phone

AT&T gets the Samsung Focus 2: extremely affordable LTE Windows Phone
The Samsung Focus 2 has just arrived on AT&T, and it’s Windows Phone done in the Samsung way with a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display and 4G LTE connectivity. Pair this with an affordable price tag of only $50 and a handful of rumors coming to reality (yep, that looks like the Samsung Mandel we’ve been seeing recently), the phone will definitely grab some hearts. The Focus 2 release date is set for May 20th, less than two weeks from now.

The Samsung Focus 2 gets the maximum processing power that Windows Phone supports now cand that’s a 1.4GHz single-core processor. There are two cameras on the handset - a 5-megapixel rear one and a VGA front-facing shooter. It sports 8 gigs of internal memory.

The white paint job of the handset catches the eye. Dimension-wise it’s above the average thickness with a 0.43-inch (10.98mm) thick body and it weighs 4.3 ounces.

The second-gen Focus is a successor to one of the most successful Windows Phone handsets launched with the arrival of Microsoft’s platform, the original Focus, and it takes a direct jab at rival Nokia Lumia 900. The 4.3-inch Nokia Windows Phone offers similar features with a premium design, but the Focus 2 beats in affordability with its extremely affordable $50 on-contract price tag.

The WP-based Focus 2 comes as part of the upcoming CTIA expo, so stay tuned - there should be more phone action to come. But now, place all your focus on the gallery below for a detailed look at the Focus 2 and let us know, is that the new Windows Phone king at AT&T?




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20 Comments

1. Carlitos

Posts: 673; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I now think that the Nokia Lumia 900 sales are going to drop. Here you have a phone that has everything the Lumia 900 has, with a better screen and most likely and better camera. Cause the camera in the lumia 900 is CRAPPY! And your getting all this for almost half the price.

3. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

camera on Lumia 900 is not crappy Lumia 900 actually has better screen clear black amoled same resolution at the end of the day

8. jimjam unregistered

Free offline sat nav

10. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

naa! doesnt come near Lumia 800/900 still good one

2. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

You´re wrong, the Lumia 900 has a better screen (ClearBlack), better design and more support from Nokia.

4. aquariumdude

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

excuse but can you please come on Verizon instead?! why does at&t get EVERYTHING?

5. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Samsung Focus 2 looks better than Samsung Galaxy 3

6. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Nokia got the sheep allergy too Go to Nokia Facebook Check the wall There's a photo album name *Don't be a sheep* PA Staff can check that.

7. jimjam unregistered

Why do people always think $0-$50 ON contract is affordable. Really the price of the handset is irrelevant if you are willing to pay for a $50+ contract. I mean really why would you go for a $50 mid spec handset when for another $50 you could say the lumia 900 or for an extra $150 you can get an htc X or another top of the range android. When your 2 year contract price is well over $1500 another $100 isn't going to make much of an impact.

14. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

That's an excellent point that should be open for discussion. Actually, the main reason I use the word affordable is that one way or another you end up tied with a contract. So from that point of view, the down payment you actually make by purchasing the phone is the only variable factor that can make a phone affordable. So in a nutshell, it's because that's the way the system works in the US right now. In other countries where you don't have the 2-year contract model, the off-contract price might be more relevant. Still, it's absolutely true that $50 here and $100 there initially don't make much of a difference pver the contract term at all.

15. jimjam unregistered

If this phone was ever to be called affordable on contract then att ought to pay the consumer or at the very least be free. Still I suppose that is an issue I have with cell contracts. There are many monthly prepaid plans that are getting more and more popular. These are far, far more affordable and if people really opened their eyes in the US are far better value as well. You can pick up a phone like this for $300 new and add a $30-$50 plan that gives you pretty much what ATT would offer you for $60 to well over $100 a month. Over two years the prepaid offering easily beats the contract. Than again the Focus I is still $200 on contract ... i guess this is affordable Then again you could get a palm pixi for free... FREE!! WOW... no wait I still have to shell out $1500 over 2 years....

18. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

its all about perception. if you ask the average american would you rather have 49.99 come out of your account today or 399.99. even if you tell them they can pay 50 a month for unlimited talk and text with 2gigs of highspeed data if they pay the 399.99 today or they can get it for 49.99 and pay 89.99 plus tax for the same plan. they woud pick the 49.99 ive seen it to many time on tmobile. its the same with xbox live people will pay 9.99 a month rather than 60 for the year. some people dont have that much disposable income up front others just like perception my friend.

19. nando2do

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

well! actually it is cheap. Im from mexico and here the economy supposedly is one of the worst of the world, well here you have to pay 350dls if you want to get the LUMIA 800 which is about 6+ months old and no ff camera and bit smaller, but you got yourself an agreement of at least 35-60dls per month for 18 months/ not even think about an android like galaxy nexus, here it cost 650dls plus contract.. its ridiculously pricey companies has to charge for their service is not free, is like tablets or computers, hell like hd tvs, you get the device but still have to pay for the service (hd channels on cable, internet on tablets or laptops etc even the phone service, if you got phone service you dont get a free phone at least not a bad-ass one).. thats how it is and it will be because is how they make money.. but is funny how you guys complain about this prices when in other countries we will kill for them (hypothetically)

9. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

why does att get all the windows phones they seem like there the only ones support windows this makes you want to switch i read the specs that phone arena had it cant be true that it supports micro sd.

11. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i should say NOKIA should have started there own carrier when they were on top and today samsung/Apple should think about it hard and get free of miserable carriers

16. jimjam unregistered

I would have loved to try a lumia 800 but had to go with a radar since Im on t-mobile. Still I'm happy with what I got in the end!

17. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

yeah i wanted the 900 but got the 710 since tmobile it seems is not getting windows phones as fast i thought.

12. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Looks like I'm gonna be stuck with my HD7 for awhile. Frankly I don't know how MS/wp is supposed to move forward being stuck on ATT. They're acting like they're Apple or something. And I thought tmo had a good relationship with MS/Nokia. Ho hum! UTTERLY frustrating indeed!

13. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

can't wait for windowsphone to take off,its a pretty neat os and the only one that is completely diff from ios and android

20. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

This is exactly what I have been waiting for, the original focus in white with LTE and a front facing camera. Woot!!!!! Thanks ATT for making it so affordable!!! This is going to go well with my unlimited data plan!!! All smiles over here!

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