Despite the fact that both Samsung and HTC produce a wide range of Android devices, from affordable ones to the more expensive lines, the mere mention of the two names immediately conjures up images of top of the crop smartphones. LG, on the other hand, is not quite up there yet as a brand. It’s not surprising to see the Korean manufacturer trying to make the most of its entry level smartphone offerings. The LG Optimus Elite, which hits Sprint and Virgin Mobile, is the company’s latest attempt to dominate the lower end of the Android sphere.
The LG Optimus Elite sports a respectable 3.5-inch screen and 320 x 480 resolution. Under the hood, you’ll find an 800MHz processor, 2GB internal storage, 512MB of RAM, and 5MP rear camera. While you won’t see any Ice Cream Sandwich, since it’ll only ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Optimus Elite does come with NFC and Google Wallet.
Tree huggers should be pleased to learn that the LG Optimus Elite comes with Carbon-free and ULE Platinum certification due to the eco-friendly features of the phone. Even the box is fully recyclable.
Coming in white and titan silver, the LG Optimus Elite can be had for just $29.99 on a 2-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. It’s up for sale on Sprint’s online store on April 22, but you won’t be able to find it in brick-and-mortar stores until May 18. Virgin Mobile USA customers will have to wait for further announcements.
If you don’t mind digging deeper into your pocket, for $60 more you’ll get the mid-range LG Viper smartphone, which comes with 4G LTE speed, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch display with 480 x 800 resolution, NFC and Google Wallet. It’s as eco-friendly as the LG Optimus Elite and will also be available on April 22.