Well Samsung and AT&T have certainly surprised us this morning, with CTIA this week, we’ve already seen one big announcement, the DROID Incredible 4G LTE for Verizon, but it looks like Samsung takes the cake by officially revealing the Mandel phone, now officially dubbed, the Samsung Focus 2.
This past weekend, WP Life talked about the Mandel, as it shared many design cues from the Galaxy S III, which they exclusively said was going to be used for the Focus S II. The new Focus 2 for AT&T is “suspiciously” missing the letter “S” from its name. Which Samsung reminded the world, would be used for their top tier devices. The Focus 2, is basically a replacement for the Samsung Focus Flash, a mid-to-low range Windows Phone.
The Focus 2 will come with a 4-inch, Super AMOLED display, dual camera – a 5-megapixel rear shooter (with 720p video recording) and a standard VGA front-facing camera for video chat (now that Skype is available on Windows Phone), and of course, LTE capabilities.
The Samsung Focus 2, will retail for $49.99, with a new two-year contract, or if you’re not the contract type, you can buy the phone outright for only $399.
By the way, don’t worry, the Focus S II is coming and will be a Windows Phone 8 device.
The official press release is below:
AT&T to Launch Samsung Focus 2; Offers Cutting-edge Capabilities at an Attractive Price
Samsung’s First 4G LTE Windows Phone Offers AT&T Customers User-Friendly, Affordable Windows Phone in a Slim, Stylish Design
Dallas, Texas, May 07, 2012
- The Samsung Focus® 2, an affordable Windows® Phone on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, will be available from AT&T beginning May 20 in pure white for $49.99 with a two-year service agreement.
- With the launch of the third Windows Phone smartphone on its 4G LTE network, AT&T continues to offer customers the most robust Windows Phone portfolio of any carrier.
- As Samsung’s first 4G LTE Windows Phone, the Focus 2 is sleek and stylish. Measuring 10.98mm thin and weighing only 4.3 ounces, it fits perfectly in your hand, purse or pocket.
In April, AT&T launched the first 4G LTE Windows Phones in the world with the Focus 2 marking the carrier’s third 4G LTE offering on this operating system. AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network, covering over 260 million people. As 4G LTE expands, AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you’re on a much slower 3G network.
Beginning May 20, customers can purchase the Focus 2, available in a glossy pure white, from AT&T for $49.99 with a two-year contract.
Like AT&T’s other new 4G LTE Windows Phones, the Samsung Focus 2 features the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system which makes it easier to do everyday tasks faster. Only Windows Phone has Live Tiles, providing real time updates on your Start Screen including calendar appointments, emails or social media feeds. With Bing Search built-in, you’ll never be lost, as finding directions or a highly rated restaurant nearby is quick and easy. Microsoft® Office Mobile and SkyDrive® also allow you to create, save and access documents anywhere from the cloud to help maintain productivity while on-the-go.
The Samsung Focus 2, the latest addition to the Focus family (following the Focus, Focus Flash and Focus S), comes with a 4-inch Super AMOLED™ screen and 5-megapixel camera that makes taking pictures or shooting video in HD 720p a breeze. The front-facing VGA camera provides the ability for video chat. Hands-free messaging is available through speech-to-text and text-to-speech features that make it easier to stay in touch safely while out and about.
“AT&T offers our customers the broadest Windows Phone portfolio of any carrier, with three 4G LTE Windows Phones – the only 4G LTE Windows Phones in the U.S. – now at a variety of price points and form factors,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility. “The Samsung Focus 2 brings the people-first Windows Phone interface together with AT&T’s fast 4G LTE network for an unbeatable experience.”
“Samsung is the unmatched leader in offering smartphones across a variety of platforms and the Focus 2 is a powerful example of our continued commitment to Windows Phone,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “As our first 4G LTE Windows Phone, the Focus 2 is a fast and versatile device for productivity, entertainment and social networking.”
For more information, customers can visit http://www.att.com/samsungfocus2 or http://www.samsung.com/us/focus2.
Source: WP Life