Samsung Focus 2 arrives at AT&T
Sequel to the original Focus quietly released, formerly known as Mandel
Published: 21 May, 2012
Leaked back in May and made official at CTIA not long after the Windows Phone running Samsung Focus 2 is now available for fans of the OS at AT&T. The handset went on sale over the weekend and offers up some fairly average hardware for a Windows Phone handset. Improvements which have been made compared to the original Focus are fairly predictable and unspectacular considering its predecessor was released back in 2010.
Key features include a 4" display, 1.4GHz single-core processor and 8GB of internal storage which as ever is unexpandable with a memory card. In addition to this there's a 5mp rear-facing camera as well as a front-facing one and powering it all is a 1750mAh battery that should last for 6 hours of talk time. Running Windows Phone 7.5 it at least has one advantage over a lot of other Windows Phones out there in that it offers 4G LTE connectivity.
Aside from a slightly faster processor, a bigger battery and LTE support not an awful lot has changed since the original Focus. However the inclusion of LTE may be enough to encourage a few customers to opt for this device though there's no doubt the Lumia 900 is still the more desirable option.
Another plus is that it's quite reasonably priced on a contract with AT&T offering it for $49.99 on a two year contract. It might not be surprising that this one got a quiet launch but it at least offers a little bit more variety where WP7 devices are concerned.
Before it was announced many thought the handset had been cancelled to allow Samsung to work on a more impressive WP8 smartphone though there's still no word on the company's plans when the new version of the OS is released.