Sprint Rumored to get LG Optimus Elite, a Low-End Device with NFC

March 2, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Rumor mills are still working overtime there in the tech news valley. As per the latest grapevine murmur, Sprint is set to get a new device from LG, which will target the low-price segment in the market.

The small rig known as Optimus Elite is heard to hit Sprint in a matter of two months. In fact it is a tailored version of LG’s Optimus Net. The device has been spotted in FCC documents earlier, revealing that it has three variants.

From the documents, it is assumed that the model with number LS696 is for Sprint and VM696 will hit Sprint’s prepaid alternative Virgin Mobile while the variant with model number P692 will go to the global market as the original Optimus Net.

Going through the specs, LG Optimus Elite is powered by an 800 MHz processor coupled with 512 MB of RAM.

It has a 3.2 inch 480×320 HVGA display and a 5 mega pixel camera assisted with a flash.  It comes with 4 GB storage but you can extend it with the micro SD card slot.

However, the flagship feature of this low-end device is its Near Field Communication functionality.

So it makes it interesting to think about the chances of this rig supporting services like Google Wallet. In any way, paying your bills will turn out to be an easy case.

The rig which is expected to hit Sprint by the end of May and later trickle down to Virgin Mobile, in all probability, will replace the existing Optimus S on Sprint. Now, what do you think about NFC at low-end devices?

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