Unveiled at the same time as the HTC 8XT, the WP8-powered Samsung ATIV S Neo kept a certain air of mystery surrounding some of its specs and also waited for a better moment than July 19 to become official.
Apparently, August 16 (i.e. this Friday) will be D-Day after all for the ATIV S Neo, with Sprint rumored to get it exclusively in the States for $150 after a $50 mail-in rebate with two-year contracts. Kinda pricey? I agree, since the new fellow is essentially identical to the nine-month-old ATIV S.
Actually, scratch that, the ATIV S is thinner, lighter and even packs a more generous battery, hence it’s better than the Neo. True, Sprint’s new handheld has an ace up its sleeve itself, but it’s probably too small to make an enormous difference: 4G LTE speeds.
For those of you who aren’t that familiar with the original ATIV S and its features, let’s say the Neo sports a 4.8-inch 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution display, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera, NFC, 16 GB of on-board storage, Windows Phone 8 and a microSD card slot.
The 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU inside the ATIV S has been downclocked a notch (to 1.4 GHz) for the Neo, though we’re not yet sure we’re dealing with the same Snapdragon S4 unit this time around. We may be looking at an advanced S4 Pro model, in which case the new handheld might become a little more interesting. That said, is anyone excited for Friday?
<Source: WP Central>