We’ve had our eye out for the LG Optimus Elite since early last month, upon learning of plans to bring hardware based on the Optimus Net to Sprint and Virgin Mobile in the States. As March wrapped-up, we looked at some press renders for the Elite, which made it clear that LG was planning to revamp the Net a little before it premiered under its new name. We were expecting to learn about Sprint getting the phone quite soon, with Virgin Mobile following in its footsteps later in May. Sprint has now finally revealed its plans for phone, announcing that the Optimus Elite will go up for sale on April 22.
The hardware Sprint’s announced is just slightly different from our expectations. Specifically, there’s a 3.5-inch display instead of a 3.2-inch component, but otherwise there aren’t any surprises. The Elite is powered by an 800MHz processor, features a five-megapixel camera, runs Gingerbread, and supports NFC; all in all, a very low-end Android, but the NFC’s a nice touch, at least.
On April 22, the Elite will be available for online ordering, but the phone won’t actually make it to Sprint retail stores until much later, on May 18. The handset has a price that matches its hardware specs, going for just $30 on-contract and after-rebate.
Sprint confirms that the Optimus Elite is coming to Virgin mobile, but the details on just when and for how much aren’t yet available.