Samsung Focus S, Focus Flash: Good sequels but is that enough?

AT&T is set to unleash a handful of smartphones on November 6, including the Samsung Focus Flash and Focus S. Can these Windows Phone devices compete?

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AT&T's newest Windows Phone Mango devices go on sale this Sunday, and the Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash are looking to be nice improvements over its predecessor.

Building on last year's Samsung Focus , the Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash feature a faster 1.4GHz processor, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, and support for AT&T's HSPA+ network.

Of the two, the $199.99 Focus S is the higher-end handset, offering a larger and sharper 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel camera, and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. Meanwhile, the Focus Flash goes the budget-friendly route with an affordable price tag of $49.99 on contract and comes with a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED touch screen and 5-megapixel camera.

So should you go out this weekend and get one? Well, they're facing some tough competition, as AT&T's first 4G LTE smartphones and a couple of BlackBerrys also go on sale November 6.

Well, CNET's Jessica Dolcourt checked out the Samsung Focus Flash and found that the Windows Phone device gives you a lot more for the price than you'd think. You can check out her full review here . CNET's Maggie Reardon and Bridget Carey, along with our photographer Sarah Tew and videographer Richard Peterson, also got to spend some time with Focus S this week, so be sure to check out our First Look video and photo gallery for more.

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Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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