U.S. Cellular teased earlier this year that it would soon launch its Windows Phone 8 device, but since then the carrier has been silent on what it's got planned. That hasn't stopped the rumor mill from revealing U.S. Cellular's upcoming hardware ahead of its official announcement, though, as some promotional documents have revealed exactly which handset USCC has up its sleeve.
According to images shared by Engadget, U.S. Cellular will release the Samsung ATIV Odyssey in the near future. Some renders of the device, complete with U.S. Cellular tattoos, have appeared in leaked materials that recently found their way online. The ATIV Odyssey launched on Verizon earlier in 2013, and U.S. Cellular's model looks to be fairly similar to that device. U.S. Cellular's ATIV Odyssey is listed as featuring a 4-inch 800x480 Super AMOLED display, 5-megapixel rear and 1.2-megapixel front cameras, 8GB built-in storage, a microSD card slot, 4G LTE connectivity and Windows Phone 8.
As I mentioned before, the ATIV Odyssey will be U.S. Cellular's first Windows Phone 8 device, and it'll actually be the first new Windows Phone device of any kind on USCC since the ZTE Render's launch in September 2012. It's kind of a bummer that Windows Phone fans on U.S. Cellular have had to endure a bit of a new hardware drought, but thankfully it looks like that's about to come to an end with the LTE-capable Odyssey. While there's no word yet on exactly when the Odyssey will be hitting U.S. Cellular shelves, the look of all of this leaked documentation suggests that a release isn't too far off.
Windows Phone folk on U.S. Cellular aren't the only ones with new hardware on the way, as Engadget has posted some additional promo material that has revealed a new Android phone that's USCC-bound. The images show that the LG Optimus F7 will soon be making its way to U.S. Cellular, complete with a 4.7-inch 1280x720 display, 8-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front cameras, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4G LTE and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. As with the ATIV Odyssey, it's not yet clear when the Optimus F7 will be making its official debut on U.S. Cellular, but these promo materials certainly make it feel like U.S. Cellular is prepping for a launch in the near future. Until then, you can find our hands-on with the ATIV Odyssey here and the Optimus F7 right here.