True to its word, Sprint is finally getting on board with the Windows Phone 8 platform and announced the Samsung ATIV S Neo earlier today, with plans to release it sometime this summer.
The ATIV S Neo was one of two Windows Phone 8 smartphones announced by Sprint today that are planned for a summer release, the other being the HTC 8XT. Powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, the ATIV S Neo will be on Sprint’s LTE network and will have a 4.8-inch “high-definition display” (no word on the type of display technology or whether it will be true high-def), 1GB of RAM, and a 2,000 mAh removable lithium-ion battery.
The NFC technology on the ATIV S Neo uses Samsung’s “ATIV Beam” branded software to transfer files, not unlike S Beam on Android. The ATIV S Neo will be able to share files via NFC with all other Windows Phone 8 devices and “select” Android devices. Other features include an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, and a variety of shooting modes like Beauty Shot and Manga Camera.
Like the 8XT, Sprint is not currently saying when the ATIV S Neo will be released other than sometime this summer, but it has been priced at $149.99 with a new two-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate.