AT&T to launch Samsung Focus 2 LTE Windows Phone on May 20

SamsungFocus2Leaks about the Samsung “Mandel” or SGH-i667 had been floating around for quite a while, and in a somewhat surprising move today, Samsung and AT&T unveiled the latest addition to the Windows Phone family today – the Samsung Focus 2. The phone is aimed at budget phone buyers and will be available on AT&T starting May 20 for only $49.99 with a contract. According to the press release, the phone is the third Windows Phone with LTE support, and will come with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.4 GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera, and a VGA front-facing camera. Below is an excerpt from the official press release:

Beginning May 20, customers can purchase the Focus 2, available in a glossy pure white, from AT&T for $49.99 with a two-year contract.

Like AT&T’s other new 4G LTE Windows Phones, the Samsung Focus 2 features the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system which makes it easier to do everyday tasks faster. Only Windows Phone has Live Tiles, providing real time updates on your Start Screen including calendar appointments, emails or social media feeds. With Bing Search built-in, you’ll never be lost, as finding directions or a highly rated restaurant nearby is quick and easy. Microsoft® Office Mobile and SkyDrive® also allow you to create, save and access documents anywhere from the cloud to help maintain productivity while on-the-go.

The Samsung Focus 2, the latest addition to the Focus family (following the Focus, Focus Flash and Focus S), comes with a 4-inch Super AMOLED™ screen and 5-megapixel camera that makes taking pictures or shooting video in HD 720p a breeze. The front-facing VGA camera provides the ability for video chat. Hands-free messaging is available through speech-to-text and text-to-speech features that make it easier to stay in touch safely while out and about.

The device is said to be only 10.98mm thin and weighing 4.3 ounces, and comes in the pure white color only. Based on previous information, the device will feature only 8 GB of storage space. For more information, check out AT&T’s website and Samsung’s website. The official Windows Phone team blog also has a first hands-on review of the phone too, check it out.