Sprint gets its first Windows Phone 8 devices: HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo

Sprint gets its first Windows Phone 8 devices: HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo
We've waited long enough, and finally, here they are - the first Windows Phone 8 devices to become available on the nation's "Truly Unlimited" network. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo! Well, technically, the duo isn't "here" yet, as the exact release dates will be announced at a later date, but at least Sprint users can get a taste of things to come. That said, the handsets are expected to hit the market this summer.

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.


source: Sprint

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8XT
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(14h talk time)
ATIV S Neo
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2000 mAh(15h talk time)

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36 Comments

1. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 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 unregistered

Why not Sprint? And your comment in general is a bit off topic.....

7. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 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 unregistered

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 unregistered

The Samsung ATIV-S Neo is going to be my next phone!

4. Moodi

Posts: 38; Member since: May 11, 2013

why ? Nokia EOS Will be much better i feel so ;)

5. HASHTAG unregistered

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: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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 unregistered

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: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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 unregistered

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: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 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 unregistered

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: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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: 814; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. It is not fragmentation. IT is carrier BS.

13. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

Nokia should have thrown a major phone in

25. ZeroCide

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

I thinks that might be in for sometime in september or october. Sprint is always late to the party.

14. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i guess this starts to squash the rumors that OEM's aren't working on getting more WP8 devices out...

15. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 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 unregistered

Where is Nokia, Sprint?! This is just fail. Bring some higher end WP!

26. ZeroCide

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

I'm sure the'll get one someday. Sprint is always late to the party.

27. mcshank

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 24, 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: 27; Member since: May 18, 2012

One of the Nokia Windows Phones would have been a better option!

18. THEJET88

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

FINALLY! ok but when tho?

19. CEMIII

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

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