America’s four large carriers haven’t exactly been privy to Windows Phone 8-powered handhelds so far, but at least as far as Sprint is concerned things are about to change. The network has just unveiled its first two WP8 smartphones, which it plans to start selling “later in the summer”.

Windows Phone 8 Sprint HTCs 8XT and Samsungs ATIV S Neo open Sprints doors to Windows Phone 8

First up, we have the Samsung ATIV S Neo, which is not very different to the original ATIV S. We don’t have a full and official list of features yet, but the display seems to be the same (aka 4.8-inch 720p), the battery is identical (2,000 mAh) and you get an equal amount of RAM as last year – 1 GB.

We can’t spot any design tweaks either, so there’s a good chance the ATIV S Neo will measure 8.7 mm in thickness and weigh in at 135 grams. Still, there has to be something different, right?

There is. The dual-core processor inside the Neo is clocked at 1.4 GHz, unlike the one powering the ATIV S, which is 1.5 GHz. In theory, that should count as a downgrade, but Neo’s chip might be a Snapdragon 400 one, which is likely faster than the S4 Plus of the “first-gen” ATIV S.

Samsung ATIV S Neo HTCs 8XT and Samsungs ATIV S Neo open Sprints doors to Windows Phone 8

Sprint’s ATIV also comes with 4G LTE speeds in tow, but the pricing sounds off. $150 with two-year contracts? You can get top-notch Androids for that.

Oh, well, let’s move on and give HTC’s 8XT some attention too. This also resembles a past product, the 8X, but in many ways it’s a step in the wrong direction for both HTC and Windows Phone.

HTC 8XT HTCs 8XT and Samsungs ATIV S Neo open Sprints doors to Windows Phone 8

For one thing, the 8XT sports a 4.3-inch display with a WVGA resolution (800 x 480 pixels). Then there’s the 8 GB of on-board storage, cut in half compared with the 8X. The front camera has also been downsized, from 2.1 to 1.6 MP, but at least the rear snapper is still a nice 8 MP unit and you get 1 GB of RAM.

The processor is a dual-core Snapdragon 400 (this time, for sure), there’s 4G LTE, a pair of BoomSound speakers, microSD support, plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and 1,800 mAh battery. All in all, not a bad set of specs, but for $99.99 (with contracts) it’s probably not enough. Is it?

Via [Sprint]