The ATIV S Neo, a variant of Samsung’s Windows Phone flagship ATIV S, is headed to Sprint.
According to Sprint, the handset, which will debut alongside the network’s flagship HTC Windows Phone device will launch sometime this summer.
For $149.99 with a two-year service agreement and mail-in rebate, users will get a device that’s stuffed with the latest and greatest hardware from Samsung. The ATIV S Neo will feature a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 4.8″ inch HD display. Users will be able to add to the device’s storage using the microSD card slot that’s embedded on the device, making the ATIV S Neo the only updated flagship Windows Phone 8 to allow for external memory cards.
The device will also feature a built in NFC or near-field communications chip. That combined with the ATIV Beam application the company just launched last week will ensure that all Samsung device owners that feature NFC will be able to send photos and other media wirelessly without any added hassles.
The photography inclined will find that the ATIV S Neo doesn’t exactly have the picture taking credentials that Samsung’s Android flagship, the Galaxy S4, does. Instead of the 13 megapixel sensor on that device, the ATIV S Neo will feature an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera. That camera will boast all the same Camera app enhancements that Windows Phone 8 users have come to expect from Samsung including, more than a few digital filters and Manga Camera, an app that lets users turn people in their pictures into animated characters.
In addition to have the latest Windows Phone 8 hardware, the ATIV S Neo will have compatibility with Sprint’s 4G LTE network though they won’t be able to make use the faster internet connectivity if they aren’t in one of the markets in which Sprint offers the service.