From PC World: The Samsung Focus 2 has been outed this week at CTIA in New Orleans. The next generation Windows Phone smartphone will be available from AT&T beginning May 20 for the bargain price of just $49 with a two-year contract.
A while back I wrote an article asking “Is the Nokia Lumia 900 the Best $99 Smartphone at AT&T?” At $99, the Lumia 900 had some solid competition from smartphones like the iPhone 4 and the Motorola Atrix 2. But, in an effort to spur sales that price has since been dropped to $49 by online retailers such as Amazon, and at $49 the Lumia 900 has no real competition…until now.
Samsung is jumping straight to the $49 price point, which may drive Nokia to officially slash the price of the Lumia 900 (it’s still listed at $99 on the AT&T site). It has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 8GB of memory, and a 1.4GHz single-core processor, along with the obligatory front and rear facing cameras.
When I did my 30 Days with Windows Phone 7 series I spent part of the time using an original Samsung Focus. I really liked the display and the performance, but the plastic case felt cheap. It doesn’t necessarily affect the quality of the construction, but a smartphone with some metal and glass just feels sturdier. I haven’t yet handled the new Samsung Focus 2, but early reports suggest that it will have a similar build.
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