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HTC 8XT and Samsung Ativ S Neo are Sprint's first Windows Phone 8 devices

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Windows Phone 8 is finally coming to Sprint. Both HTC and Samsung will be releasing LTE devices running the latest version of Windows Phone sometime this summer, though specific release dates have yet to be announced. HTC is hitting a slightly lower end than Samsung with the 8XT — a device with a 4.3-inch WVGA display, a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor, 8GB of storage, and an 1,800mAh battery. Sprint plans to sell it for $99.99 on contract.

Samsung's Ativ S Neo is a slightly bigger device with almost identical internals. But it exceeds the 8XT in storage, battery, and screen resolution — the Neo has 16GB of internal storage, a small battery improvement up to 2,000mAh, and a full 720p display. It's set to sell for $149.99 on contract. The devices have been a long time coming for Sprint, which announced back in January that Windows Phone 8 devices were on the way. While Sprint appears set to hit its release target of this summer, the carrier has been slow to pick up Windows Phone at all. Sprint has only released one Windows Phone device to date, so HTC and Samsung's upcoming handsets should be a welcome release for fans of the platform.