The Focus 2’s main attraction is its price of $50 with a two-year contract, making it AT&T’s cheapest Windows Phone. Its specs are similar to other devices running Microsoft’s mobile operating system, with a 4-inch, 800-by-480 resolution display, a 1.4 GHz single-core processor, 8 GB of storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a front-facing camera and support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network. (The next version of Windows Phones, if rumors are true, will allow for multi-core processors and a wider range of screen resolutions.)
I played with the Focus 2 briefly at an AT&T press event. Design-wise, it’s similar to Samsung’s original Focus, with a curvy shape and a flat top where the headphone jack resides. But this model comes in white, wrapped by a band of chrome around the edges. Aside from the looks of the device, and its low price, there’s not much to set it apart from other Windows Phones.
Still, AT&T’s continued interest in Windows Phone is good news for Microsoft, whose mobile operating system has yet to catch on in a big way. AT&T launched the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II in April, and will release the Focus 2 on May 20. As AT&T Vice president of Mobile Device Portfolio Mike Woodward told Wired, the operating system “really speaks to simplicity,” and the carrier hopes the Focus 2’s low price will attract smartphone newbies.