Dallas - AT&T is expanding its selection of 4G LTE Windows Phone smartphones with the May 20 launch of the $49.99 Samsung Focus 2.
The device will join the carrier's two other LTE Windows smartphones, the $99.99 Nokia Lumia 900 and $199 HTC TITAN II. All use the Windows Phone 7.5 OS.
The Focus 2 is Samsung's first 4G LTE Windows Phone, and AT&T is the only U.S. carrier to date offering LTE-based Windows Phones, said Jeff Bradley, AT&T Mobility's devices senior VP.
On the eve of CTIA Wireless 2012, the carrier described the glossy-pure-white phone as measuring 0.43 inches in thickness, weighing 4.3 ounces, and featuring 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1.4GHz processor and 5-megapixel camera. The phone also features 720p video capture, front-facing VGA camera, hands-free messaging via speech-to-text and text-to-speech conversion. Another feature is a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot to connect up to five Wi-Fi devices to the AT&T network.
Like AT&T's other Windows Phones, the Focus 2 also features 4G HSPA+21technolgy so that data speeds don't slow dramatically to 3G speeds when used outside on of AT&T's current 35 LTE markets. AT&T's LTE expansion is scheduled to be largely complete by the end of 2013.
Like other Windows phones, the Focus 2 features Live Tiles user interface, Microsoft Office Mobile and SkyDrive, which lets users store and access documents in the Cloud.