Microsoft's Nokia acquisition has cast doubt over the future of Windows Phones from competing manufacturers, but there'll be at least one more release on a major carrier this year. The Samsung Ativ S Neo, a variant of last year's Ativ S that came to Sprint in August, will be available on AT&T from November 8th for $99.99 with a two-year contract. It has a 4.8-inch 720p display, an 8-megapixel camera, a microSD slot, and a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor.
Given that the Ativ S was largely based on Samsung's Galaxy S III, the Neo's release doesn't tell us much about whether third-party OEMs will be willing to invest in Windows Phone 8 in the future — Samsung hasn't produced a flagship phone for the platform all year. But it does suggest that AT&T still has at least some interest in continuing to sell devices from other companies, after releasing no notable Windows Phones from anyone but Nokia since the HTC 8X last November.
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