Sprint Developing LTE Windows Phone With Fall Release in Mind
If you’re a Sprint customer that’s been holding out for a new Windows Phone, there’s a taste of good news and not so good news coming down the pipeline. Let’s start with a taste of the good stuff. Sources familiar with Sprint’s LTE game plan have advised that the company has plans to begin development on a new LTE Windows Phone powered device. This lines up with a recent report stating that Sprint had been eyeing Qualcomm’s MSM8960 and hinted that Nokia could be the OEM tasked with bringing this device forward.
We can now confirm that this new device will carry Qualcomm’s MSM8960 Snapdragon, but it still remains a mystery which OEM will be doing the heavy lifting and giving this device its retail form factor. As jazzed up as we are about Sprint’s plans to finally release another Windows Phone handset, our source advised that the device is slated to go through a battery of testing in the next few months, which gives it a fall release at the earliest. With Windows Phone 8 set to release sometime at the end of the year, this pretty much confirms Sprint’s hands-off approach with the Microsoft’s mobile operating system until the arrival of Apollo.
Does the idea of an LTE Windows Phone powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8960 have the stopping power to keep you Windows Phone hopefuls with Sprint? Be sure to share your thoughts via the comments and let us know what your future plans are looking like.