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Does a new mid-range Android on Sprint get your juices flowing? Me neither. But we're going to tell you about it anyway. So, this is a new Sprint mid-range budget phone, and we have no idea who it's made by. Take a look at these photos, leaked courtesy of an anonymous tipster:

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Our guess on the OEM is ZTE, but don't quote us on it. Given Sprint's relationship with the company in the past (especially on its prepaid subsidiaries), a Sprint-branded ZTE handset would make the most sense. So, what's this Nexus lookalike packing?

  • 4.5" display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • Android 4.0
  • 12MP rear camera / 1MP front
  • 1730mAh battery
  • LTE
  • $179.99 on 2-year agreement, $129.99 after $50 MIR ($449.99 off contract)

All in all, this actually doesn't look like a bad phone, except for the fact that it's probably a ZTE. It may even have software buttons, but with such a low-quality image, it's hard to tell. Availability is a big question mark for the moment, but we can't imagine this phone is too far off if pricing and rebate structure (seriously, stop the MIRs) have already been figured out.

Update: It's launching November 11th, along with the Optimus G and the LG Mach.

Thanks, Anon!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • VonLaserface

    There's a whole lot of Nexus dripping off that body shape. ZTE Neksus?

    Side note, Kyocera is on that first image. They're still making handsets???

  • SetiroN

    "budget"?

    • Logan B.

      My thoughts exactly. Mid-level budget, I could see...

    • fixxmyhead

      yea this isnt "budget". it has almost the same specs as my s2

      budget is a POS 50$ phone single core 1ghz or below with 320x240 resolution. something like that

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Your S2 is now budget. It's a year old. And you did say "almost" yourself.

        But yeah, this is more mid-range at this point I'd say.

        • fixxmyhead

          budget, maybe but its stil a good phone. half of these phones coming out cant even come out with 16gb on board and a good 8mp camera. anyways im gonna sell it for the new nexus. wow i never thought i would leave the galaxy line but this stock android is actually shaping up to be good with new useful features that i like plus the price is just so damn good .my second choice would have been the note2 but damn that thing is expensive off contract

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      $450 MSRP signals this thing is headed for a retail price drop below $100, and probably even further, very quickly after launch. I'll give you mid-range, but by Q1 2013, this will be budget. That, and it's a ZTE.

  • Freak4Dell

    I can't figure out if Optimus Bite is the worst name ever for a cell phone, or the best.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It says Elite but I am absolutely busting a gut laughing at "Optimus Bite."

      • Freak4Dell

        Whoops...guess I can't read. The fact that I really thought that was the name should give you an indication of just how ridiculous phone names have gotten.

    • Simon Belmont

      Megatron really hates the Optimus Bite. It leaves marks in his metal.

      Oh, you meant the phone? Whoops.

  • Simon Belmont

    I like how dual-core 1GB phones are budget now. It's a good time to get into the Android game.

    Not all ZTE phones are horrible. My friend got one and he actually likes it for what it is.

    • SetiroN

      The point is, regardless of specs, at $179.99 on a 2-year contract, how in the world can that be a budget phone? That's just $20 less than basically every top end phone, with the exception of the Note2 an a couple others...

      • Simon Belmont

        True enough. I misread the $50 MIR as $50 being the final price.

        I agree. That's more of a mid-range price, but it's also more of a mid-range spec'd phone too.

    • PINJ

      The PL Is Awesome Actually

      • PINJ

        Sorry Meant The PF

  • dangle

    The most upsetting thing about this post is there is nothing great on the horizon.. :/ I was hoping for something.. Looks like we'll get the HTC 5" in Q2 days before the SIV is revealed. My upgrade drops at the worst time to buy a new handset, Q4.. Deals and budget devices are always around but nothing impressive for Sprint.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Posted up better pics.

  • efan

    gimme a 12 MP FRONT facing camera. that'd be impressive.

    • PINJ

      And Useless

  • PINJ

    ZTE PF112 HD