A set of newly-leaked images have landed online Thursday, giving us a clear look at a handset from LG, headed for Sprint and Virgin Mobile. PocketNow managed to grab press renders for both Sprint’s (pictured in white) and Virgin Mobile’s (black) respective Optimus Elite variants.
Expected to be the first NFC enabled device to be offered on a pre-paid wireless carrier, the LG Optimus Elite is also rumored to pack a 3.2-inch (480 × 320) display, 800MHz processor, 5MP camera with Flesh and of course, near field communications for making quick transactions at your local Kwik-E-Mart. Either would cling mostly to the stock Android 2.3 interface with Sprint ID. The Virgin edition’s shot shows the Google Play Store app icon and could make the Optimus Elite one of the first phones to ship with the reworked app store already loaded.
Aside from the branding, and (perhaps) the colour schemes, nothing is expected to differ between the versions offered by the two carriers. Sprint’s Elite should be out pretty soon (so probably in April), followed by that on Virgin Mobile which could be launched in early May. Expect both devices to be easy on the wallet with the Sprint version most likely being offered free of charge with a 2-year. According to report, the no-contract carrier even shouldn’t be asking much more than $100 for this one.