Earlier this year, Paul Thurrott and others reported three LTE devices were coming down the pike for Windows Phone on the AT&T US network. We’ve seen two of them (in the Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II), but there was always supposed to be a third: this elusive Samsung Mandel device. We’ve heard some leaks, some rumors, and it has even struck a pose showing its white back. Alas, we thought that device was going to meet the likes of other devices for Windows Phone that were never to be released (like that Sony one). But ‘lo and behold, in the midst of the HTC One X announcement, we have the Samsung Focus 2, or the Samsung Mandel.
The device matches several of the leaked images (that sexy white back) and it still fits some of the FCC filing reports as well. But Microsoft touts the device as a an amalgam between the Samsung Focus Flash (which we loved) with the sleekness the Samsung Focus S. Specs pin this device in the lower tier like the Samsung Focus Flash, but it offers some nice things that even we could not predict:
- 4″ Super Amoled display
- 8 GB non expandable storage
- 5 MP rear camera
- VGA front facing camera
- LTE of course
The Samsung Focus 2 will retail for about $50 on a two year contract. If this does anything, it does throw a curveball into the expected naming strategy of the new Windows Phone Apollo device that has some eerie similarities to the Galaxy S III. But does a name really matter? The major question is, who is going to get the Focus 2?
via: Windows Phone Blog