The HTC 8XT was the first Windows Phone in two years to launch on third-largest US carrier Sprint, and it was also Sprint’s first Windows Phone 8 model ever. Despite these distinctions, though, the 8XT landed with a pretty ho-hum display and some software hiccups which cost it points in our full review.
Those looking for a higher-end experience, then, will be heartened to know that Samsung is on duty: the company has spruced up the casing and a few internal components of its ATIV S, the Windows Phone 8 flagship we reviewed last year, and despite an initial delay, the newly-christened “ATIV S Neo” will very shortly become available to Sprint customers far and wide. While the whole package is a little underwhelming aesthetically (it’s basically a Windows-powered Galaxy S III, like its non-Neo progenitor), it still brings a lot to the table that the HTC 8XT doesn’t.
An elaboration on what those features are -and whether they’re enough to beat the HTC competition- will have to wait for future comparisons and features. For now, let’s have a look at what’s inside the package. Join us for an unboxing and first power-on of Sprint’s second-ever Windows Phone 8 device, and stay tuned for more in the weeks ahead!