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Samsung Focus Flash: $50 on AT&T, runs Windows Phone Mango

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Samsung and Microsoft announced the Focus Flash, a $50 smartphone running Windows Phone 7.5 (a.k.a. Mango) on Monday at an event in New York.

On paper, the Focus Flash looks pretty good for such a low price (which you’ll get if you sign up for a two-year contract with AT&T).

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The Focus Flash features a 3.7-inch touch screen, a 1.4-gigahertz single-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash on the back and 8 gigabytes of storage.

Storage is on the small side, but for a $50 phone, 8 gigabytes is pretty standard and matches that of the $99 Apple iPhone 4 and free iPhone 3GS.

The new Windows Phone handset runs on AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network.

The Focus Flash, along with the Focus S, is part of what may be a wave of new Windows Phones handsets from Samsung. The reason: Samsung recently settled a patent dispute with Microsoft over its use of Google’s Android operating system.

As a part of Samsung’s settlement with Microsoft, the consumer electronics giant agreed to pay Microsoft royalties for each Android phone and tablet it sells.

Samsung also ‘agreed to cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone,’ Microsoft said when the settlement was announced.

Microsoft has called the agreement a partnership between the two companies and has struck similar agreements with HTC and others such as Acer, Onkyo, ViewSonic, General Dynamics Itronix and Velocity Micro.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Twitter.com/nateog


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