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There's a place in every carrier's line up for a mid-range phone, and that's what the Sprint Vital is. We got the early details on this device back in March when it was known as the ZTE Quantum, and the official announcement jives with the leak pretty well. This phone has a few notable features, but the hardware is a bit lackluster.

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The Sprint Vital (ZTE didn't even get the naming rights) will cost $99.99 after 2-year agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate. Here's the full spec list:

  • 5-inch 1280 x 720 IPS Display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB user memory and microSD slot
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • Sprint 4G LTE
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm MSM8960)
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 /b/g/n
  • 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and video capture, 1-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0 + LE
  • 2,500 mAh removable lithium-ion battery

The Sprint Vital will be available on June 14th online and in stores. It might not be the best device, but it's a fairly affordable LTE handset. On the plus side, the software looks close to stock. A 13MP camera also has some potential (maybe). Full PR is below.

Great news for budget-conscious customers: Sprint is about to launch a powerful smartphone that doesn’t sacrifice performance or high-end capabilities for less than $100. Sprint Vital™ packs many of today’s must-have features, including the latest version of Android™.

Priced at just $99.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate (excluding taxes), Sprint Vital comes with the high-end features ever customer wants. It is available beginning Friday, June 14th, in all Sprint sales channels, including Sprint Stores, 1-800-SPRINT1, Web Sales, and Business Sales.

Built on Android 4.1.2, Jelly Bean, Sprint Vital comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and video capture, 1-megapixel frontfacing camera and Sprint 4G LTE for surfing the Web at lightning-fast speeds.

Sprint Vital is also geared for gamers with a large 5-inch HD 1280 x 720 IPS display with break-resistant LCD and a 2,500 mAh removable lithium-ion battery that offers up to 15 hours talk time. To help take advantage of the built-in gaming capabilities, it comes preloaded with EA Mobile’s Real Racing 3, offering trailblazing features, including officially licensed tracks, an expanded 22-car grid, and more than 45 meticulously detailed cars from makers like Porsche, Lamborghini, Dodge, Bugatti and Audi. Racing with friends gets kicked into another dimension with the reality-bending Time Shifted Multiplayer™ (TSM) technology.

Sprint Vital also keeps the Android experience closer to the way it was intended. This allows more freedom to customize your Android experience and enables enhanced performance with less clutter that could slow it down.

It is equipped with eco-friendly attributes, including Underwriters Laboratory Environment (ULE) Platinum Certification, the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by ULE and Sprint, and packaging that is 98 percent recyclable.

[Sprint]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • skeeterfood

    The only things that give me pause are the 1GB RAM and the ZTE brand. Otherwise, if this makes it to Virgin Mobile and the build quality is good, it looks like a pretty decent upgrade from my LG Optimus V. I don't need a flagship device, but a dual-core, a decent camera and a micro-SD slot are all requirements. Bluetooth 4.0 +LE would also be nice assuming it actually has driver support.

  • Mike

    If it wasn't for the physical navigation buttons this would be a damn nice mid range phone. Too bad they make the device look ugly as sin.

    • Derail Doax

      Eh. "Ugly as sin" is a little over the top. The phone looks like a Samsung phone with three Capacitive buttons. Reminds me heavily of my Galaxy Note 2, not that ugly.

  • beagio

    Anybody know where I can find the wallpaper used in the screenshots? My google-fu is letting me down.