By Stephen Schenck | February 11, 2011 4:03 PM
Virgin Mobile US offers some fantastic deals on smartphone service, but its selection of models is a little limited when it comes to higher-end devices. Your current choices include handsets with screens in the 3-inch range, and processors topping-out at 800MHz. There’s now evidence that the carrier may be planning to expand its offerings with something a little more beefy, as a survey question Virgin’s been running details a mystery phone with a quite specific list of features.
The network is looking to gauge interest in a smartphone that it’s considering to add to its lineup. After asking survey participants for their input on choosing a good name for the phone, Virgin lets loose a string of specifications and asks if that type of hardware is a good match for the chosen name.
Virgin’s got in mind an Android handset running Froyo on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor (Qualcomm QSD8650 or QSD8250), and sporting a 4.1-inch WVGA display that dwarfs those on currently-available Virgin smartphones. It would also reportedly feature HDMI output and pack a five-megapixel rear camera.
There hasn’t been any commitment yet to actually release the phone, but just that Virgin Mobile is thinking about it is good news for smartphone users who have been looking to reduce their monthly bills; if you don’t make many voice calls, you can get an unlimited Virgin Mobile SMS and data plan for $25 a month, with 300 minutes for when you need them. Compare that against the cheapest voice-only plan on AT&T, at $40 for 450 minutes. We’ll definitely be keeping our eye on this one, should Virgin release any more details about its intentions.