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

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 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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  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)



1. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 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

7. akz1112

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

u want a cookie?

8. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Maybe a biscuit

14. NateAdam8

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

How about a big bag of STFU!

2. KickRocks

Posts: 275; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

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

3. threeline

Posts: 313; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

Too true!

10. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 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.

16. JDogg5281

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

22. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

4. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 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.

6. ZeroCide

Posts: 813; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

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

9. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 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 :)

12. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 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

23. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

5. ZeroCide

Posts: 813; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

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

11. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

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

13. Kite09

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 10, 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.

15. NateAdam8

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 17, 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!!!!!!!

17. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

1 gig of ram? That doesnt cut it

18. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

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

19. dkpitman

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 24, 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.

20. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

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

21. ZeroCide

Posts: 813; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

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

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