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Windows Phone fans haven’t had much to cheer about if they’re on Sprint’s network. Two new choices will be appearing soon, however, and both LTE handsets are reasonably priced.

Neo and 8xt

Sprint plans to add two new handsets running Microsoft’s Windows Phone software to its lineup. The carrier announced its plans on Wednesday, saying the Samsung Ativ S Neo and HTC 8XT will be arriving for customers later this summer. Both will support Sprint’s LTE network and will be priced at $149.99 and $99.99 with two-year contract and after a $50 rebate card, respectively.

The 8XT from HTC looks to be a very scaled down Sprint version of the HTC One: The phone has a 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 display, for example. But it does offer what HTC calls BoomSound with dual front-facing stereo speakers and a dedicated amplifier plus Beats Audio support. It also has an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and f/2.0 aperture, which should provide solid low-light performance.

Qualcomm’s 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 powers the 8XT, which also includes 1 GB of memory, 8 GB of storage, a microSD slot and 1800 mAh battery.

HTC 8XT

Samsung’s Ativ S Neo is a bit of a step up over the HTC handset, which explains the price bump. The extra $50 adds a larger, 4.8-inch HD display and bigger, 2,000 mAh removable battery. The phone also uses a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, has 1 GB of memory and memory card expansion. Some of Samsung’s camera features from its Galaxy line of Android phones carries over as well: The 8 megapixel rear camera has Samsung’s Beauty Shot mode, for example.

Sprint hasn’t offered many Windows Phone handsets of late, so fans of Microsoft’s platform who use the Sprint network should be happy. Not too happy though: These aren’t what I’d call best-in-class handsets to highlight Windows Phone. Still, they’re viable options and will work on Sprint’s LTE network, which the carrier is now aggressively building.

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  1. I have been waiting for Sprint to offer Window for almost a year! And finally is here and they do it without Nokia? Doesn’t make sense?
    Time to pick up Verizon instead of staying with Sprint!

    1. I agree, time and time again Sprint has dropped the ball. I’ve been waiting ages for Sprint to have a Windows phone (HTC Arrive was a joke) and this is what they offer?? Yesterday’s technology. I despise Sprint.

  2. Principe Mojarra Friday, June 28, 2013

    for some prefer simplicity. But for me I prefer to use my android phone as it was a small pc, because it allows me to download mp3 music, movies, right from the browser, watch flash videos and more great things. I tried to do the same with this phone and it was useless.

  3. Honestly I don’t know why we bother with sprint. They’re a whole year behind everybody and what makes us think they’re going to change and be a great company like they once were? I hate to say it but Verizon is way too far ahead.

    1. Well verzion might be ahead but they cheated by using older tower’s that is insufficient to say the least so here soon enough it will bit them and when it does everyone will be going to sprint in waves

  4. I’ve had an Arrive for over a year now, and calling it a joke is a terrible miscarriage of justice and truth. It is a fine phone. The most probable reason for Sprint choosing HTC and Samsung is that Nokia has always been weak with CDMA. I am looking forward to these two new phones. The move to a larger screen with Windows 8 looks very tempting.

  5. smartphoneIT Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    Totally agree with indyed; still like the keyboard on my HTC Arrive. Solid phone but will look at the Samsung with the larger screen for ease of typing. Still nothing beats a sliding keyboard!

    I wonder if these 2 offerings will have the latest version of WP8.

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