Mystery, solved. That SGH-i667 ‘Mandel’ Windows Phone that cropped up earlier in the month (and is shown above on the left)? Word on the street at that point was that it had been nixed from AT&T’s lineup, but somehow, that same device actually made the trip to New Orleans. Sure enough, it debuted at CTIA as the Focus 2, a mid-range followup phone that’s destined to tempt smartphone buyers to the WP7 side with a rock-bottom $50-on-contract price point. Hard to say if Samsung and AT&T mutually decided to carry through with launch plans after initially spiking ’em (or if that intel was just wrong to begin with), but we can think of it least one recently-canned phone that’s hoping it’s the former.
Samsung’s SGH-i667 ‘Mandel’ Windows Phone: surprise, it’s the Focus 2