Sprint Lands the ZTE Vital with 13MP Camera
Sprint today announced the ZTE Vital, a large and inexpensive Android smartphone that features a 5-inch 720p HD display and 13-megapixel camera. The camera includes an LED flash and video capture, and the Vital offers a 1-megapixel user-facing camera, as well. The Vital is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM; it supports Sprint's LTE 4G network and Mobile Hotspot for up to eight devices; and includes NFC, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0+LE, and a 2,500mAh battery. The Vital has 8GB of built-in storage and support for microSD cards up to 64GB. The Vital runs a near-stock version of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and includes a number of Sprint apps and services, such as Sprint iD, Sprint Zone, Sprint Music Plus, Sprint TV. It meets the highest criteria for sustainability. The ZTE Vital will be available beginning June 14 through all Sprint's sales channels. It costs $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year agreement.
Review: ZTE Vital for Sprint
ZTE aims a little higher than entry-level devices with the Vital, a low-cost Android smartphone for Sprint. It is big on specs, but is it big on performance?
Hands-On: ZTE Vital for Sprint
The Vital is an inexpensive phone that's big on features. Phone Scoop spent some time with the device and these are our first impressions.
Virgin Pitches the Supreme as a Media Phone
Virgin Mobile today announced the ZTE Supreme, an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone that features a large, 5-inch 720p HD LCD display that is protected by break-resistant glass. It is also known as the Vital for Sprint.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Inexpensive ZTE Prestige 2 Hits Boost and Virgin Mobile
Sprint's prepaid brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile today launched the ZTE Prestige 2, an entry-level Android handset. The Prestige 2 has a 5-inch FWVGA display and it is powered by a 1.1 GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.