Sprint’s family of handsets will include two Windows Phone 8 devices in the summer of 2013, but unfortunately for buyers waiting for another carrier to pick up the Nokia Lumia 920, Sprint won’t be one of them. Business Wire reported that Sprint will release Samsung and HTC Windows Phone 8 devices this summer, most probably the Samsung Ativ S and the Windows Phone 8X and 8S of HTC; the report did not make any mention of the devices set to be launched.
AT&T’s exclusivity deal with Nokia was initially believed to run until May of this year, but rumors suggest that the agreement will run until July instead, thus making the carrier the only one in America to offer the Lumia 920 to consumers. The reason for Sprint offering Samsung and HTC devices appears to be the positive working relation the carrier has with Microsoft. Senior Vice President for product development and operations Fared Adib added that these new handsets “will quickly become an extension of your PC experience right in the palm of your hand.”
Like the Lumia 920, the HTC 8X and 8S are expected to appeal to the common buyer the most as they come in a rainbow of colors. Specifications of the 8X are quite comparable to the Lumia 920, as it features a dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera and 4.3-inch screen with more than 320 pixels per inch density. The ATIV S comes with the largest screen among all the initial Windows Phone 8 handsets at 4.8 inches, and is referred to by some blogs as Samsung’s equivalent to the Galaxy S3 for Windows Phone 8 aficionados. It will also come with HD display, a dual-core Exynos processor, 1 GB RAM and an 8-megapixel rear shooter.