By Stephen Schenck | December 5, 2011 10:16 PM
Virgin Mobile looks like it could be adding a pair of new Androids to its lineup in the near future, as revealed through a couple of carrier-badged renders. The QWERTY-bearing handset is coming to Virgin Mobile as the Venture, while the slate will be released as the Chaser. Of course, any time we come across some re-branded models like these, our thoughts immediately turn to figuring out just what hardware this is. Who’s behind the Venture and Chaser?
Both handsets appear to be ZTE-manufactured. The Venture shares many similarities with the ZTE Style Q, but swaps out its three capacitive Android buttons for the four-button layout preferred in the States, as well as moving to physical buttons. Other than that, though, the specs we have for the Venture line up neatly with the Style Q’s. That means a pretty low-end device by any consideration, featuring a 600MHz processor, 2.8-inch QVGA display, and 512MB of RAM. A 2GB microSD is included for storage.
We don’t have specs on the Chaser with which to compare it against known ZTE models, but it’s likely we’re looking at something based on the ZTE X500. That model came to the US once already, when Cricket got it as the ZTE Score. Again, the Virgin model has hardware buttons, but that could very well be the only change. If that’s the case, and we’re looking at the X500, then this is yet another low-end option. The X500 has a 600MHz CPU, a 3.5-inch HVGA display, and 3.2-megapixel camera.
Both the Virgin Mobile Venture and Chaser should arrive running Gingerbread and be quite the budget-priced models; hopefully we’ll get some concrete pricing info and learn about release plans in the near future.