Samsung Focus 2 makes Nokia look bad: A 4G LTE Windows Phone for $50

The original Samsung Focus may be a year and a half old, but it is still one of the best Windows Phones around. Though I liked the Samsung Focus Flash and Focus S, both models lacked the style of the original model. Enter the Focus 2. Samsung has revived the style original Focus for AT&T and brought back its gorgeous 4-inch AMOLED screen, but this model is catering to 2012 pretty heavily. It also comes with high-speed 4G LTE connectivity and a glossy white finish. Best of all, will cost only $50.

The Focus was, and still is, a great phone to use. It also benefited greatly from its early adoption of AMOLED screen technology, which looks especially good on Windows Phones due to the operating system’s simple tiled design.

Those who need cutting-edge hardware probably left Windows Phone a while ago, but here’s what the Samsung Focus 2 is packing under the hood (that we know of). It has a 1.4GHz single-core processor, a 4-inch “Super AMOLED” screen, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front camera, 4G LTE and 3G HSPA+ connectivity, and runs on Windows Phone 7.5. It’s also ever so slightly heavier and thicker than its predecessor at 11mm thick and 4.3 ounces. The original Focus was 10mm thick and 4.07oz, but who’s counting?

Though Samsung hasn’t revealed any other specs, we are guessing that the Focus runs on 512MB of RAM and has an 800×480 pixel screen. We guess this because every Windows Phone has these specs. The white finish also hints at HTC’s success with the Radar 4G on T-Mobile, which was also white. The days of black phones are over, it seems. 

AT&T is definitely the place to get a Windows Phone right now. If you don’t like the design of the Focus 2, you can always opt for more expensive models like the Samsung Focus S, HTC Titan II, or Nokia Lumia 900.

The Samsung Focus 2 will hit AT&T shelves May 20 for $50 with a two-year contract. The CTIA 2012  show in New Orleans is set to begin later today. Hopefully we’ll have some hands-on time soon. 


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