Sprint Releasing 4G LTE-Compatible Windows Phone Device Powered By Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 This Fall?


Sprint Releasing 4G LTE-Compatible Windows Phone Device Powered By Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 This Fall?

Sprint hasn’t carried too many Windows Phone 7 devices as the platform didn’t have too much love for CDMA networks. AT&T’s time as the prime WP7 carrier may soon come to an end as the rumor mill suggests that the Now Network will soon offer a 4G LTE Windows Phone device.

It appears that Sprint is working closely with a Windows Phone manufacturer, but its name is still unknown. Previously we’ve heard rumors that Nokia will launch a 4G LTE smartphone for Sprint users therefore the Finland-based company is in pole-position to announce a partnership with Sprint.

Sources familiar with the matter have confirmed that Sprint’s upcoming 4G LTE Windows Phone device will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 which is a dual-core 1.5GHz processor in the S4 series with Adreno 225 GPU. The same SoC is found in the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, and HTC One XL.

This processor is available in US-based devices as OEMs had to make a compromise as the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU is not compatible with 4G LTE networks.

Sprint’s WP7 device will become the most powerful Windows Phone ever released on the market, unless another company or carrier will announce something in the near future.

Currently, Microsoft is working at the Tango update aka Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh that will come packed with MMS improvements, bug fixes, and support for lower requirements. Windows Phone 8 aka Apollo update has been scheduled for a late 2012 release date therefore it might take a while until we’re going to see dual-core WP devices.

An inside source claims that the 4G LTE-compatible Windows Phone for Sprint will be released in fall 2012. As usual, the carrier declined to comment on rumor and speculation.

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