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Sprint announces $99 ZTE Vital

The ZTE Vital will be available in Sprint retail channels starting Friday, June 14th, according to an official announcement. The Vital will have a price tag of $99 with a two-year contract.

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The ZTE Vital packs a 5-inch IPS LCD screen that is supposedly resistant to breaking. This display has an HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It gets its power from a 2,500 mAh removable lithium-ion battery, which promises up to 15 hours of talk time on a single charge.

The smartphone runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 8GB of expandable user memory. There is a built-in microSD card slot for expansion for up to 64 GB extra. Its operating system is Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

On the smartphone’s rear, one finds a 13 MP camera with LED flash and a video recording function. A secondary 1 MP camera, meanwhile, is on its front.

In terms of connectivity, the device supports 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspots, as well as Wi-Fi 802.11 /b/g/n, NFC, GPS, and Bluetooth 4.0+LE.

Sprint offers several personalization and entertainment apps and services for users of Vital. Among these is Sprint ID, which gives users access to content like widgets and ringtones. Sprint Zone, for its part, directs users to access to one’s Sprint account, as well as content like news and tips. Sprint TV and Movies provides users with 15 channels you can watch on your phone. Lastly, Sprint Music Plus is a player and music store in one, which offers music tracks and ringtones.

Apart from these, Google services are likewise available on the handset. These are Google Talk, Gmail, Google Maps, Voice Actions, Youtube, Google Search, and Google Play.

The Vital boasts of having a Platinum Certification from Underwriters Laboratory Environment, which means that it satisfied the organization’s and Sprint’s criteria for sustainability.

To give you a better picture of the Vital, its dimensions are 5.591 x 2.811 x 0.392 inches while its weight is 5.432 ounces.

Sprint is marketing the Vital as a budget-friendly smartphone that comes with features commonly found in high-end devices.

via sprint