Samsung Focus 2 appeared at an AT&T event yesterday. It’ll be the first LTE-enabled Samsung Windows Phone. Samsung Focus 2 looks good – more pleasing to the eye than Focus Flash released by Samsung via AT&T last year. It is selling for $49.99 on a two-year contract to join two more LTE-enabled Windows Phones under AT&T, Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II.
Samsung Focus 2 has the same look as Galaxy S3 only thicker, measuring 8.6mm thick. It weighs 4.7 ounces and has rounded corners and silver accents. The appearance and location of the rear camera, LED flash, and speaker grill also bear strong resemblance to the company’s flagship Android phone. The only difference is it has this plasticky, less premium feel. Like any Windows Phone, there’s a dedicated camera shutter and three touch-sensitive buttons for navigation. The only color option is Pure White.
Specs and features
One glance at Samsung Focus 2 and you’ll instantly notice its massive display. It has a sizeable 4-inch Super AMOLED screen with 400 x 800 pixels. The rear camera has a 5-megapixel sensor and LED flash, enough to produce satisfying shots on the high-contrast AMOLED screen. It can also capture 720p videos at most. The front-facing VGA camera is to be used for video chat and self-portrait.
Focus 2 has 8GB of onboard memory and a generous 1750mAh battery. It will be powered by a 1.4GHz single-core processor and run Windows 7.5 Mango, making it capable of running Skype for Windows Phone. Its most relevant spec is 4G LTE connectivity. Since it’ll be offered by AT&T, we can expect carrier-exclusive apps on Samsung Focus 2 like U-Verse Mobile and AT&T Navigator.
AT&T is selling Samsung Focus 2 for $49.99 making it a cheap offer even if it were to hold you on a two-year contract. Its specs don’t quite match up to HTC Titan 2 or Nokia Lumia 900 but given its budget-friendly price and the ability to connect to the carrier’s LTE networks, it’s an option worth pondering upon. Focus 2 will be available beginning May 20 at AT&T stores and retail partners.