Up-and-coming prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless seems to really be on a roll. On top the launch of Cricket-powered RadioShack Wireless last week, Cricket has also launched its own version of the HTC One V, which has now become the most powerful Android smartphone in its portfolio.
That doesn’t seem to be enough for Cricket though, and another enticing Android mid-ranger is heading to the nation’s eighth largest carrier. We first spotted the ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 back in May at the CTIA, and, just as we suspected, this will be a Cricket exclusive phone.
The V8000 has certainly taken its time until making a follow-up appearance in the media, and it’s not an official device yet. The 4-incher has been spotted visiting the FCC, though, which means that announcing the handheld has now become more of an obligation for Cricket than a faint possibility.
Although the ZTE V8000′s specs might be impressive at first glance, the smartphone is a mid-ranger at best. As such, it will fit nicely into Cricket’s policy, to date, of only releasing budget-friendly Android phones.
That 8 MP rear-facing shooter with flash revealed by FCC’s internal docs looks high-end-ish, but the single-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor rumored to be powering the device leaves much to be desired.
The rest of the V8000’s specs are also known (more or less), and include a WVGA LCD screen with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of on-board memory, a 1,900 mAh battery, Android 4.0 ICS, a front-facing camera of sorts, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. There’s also a microUSB port, SRS Audio and Muve Music support.
Fans may even hope to see the ZTE Nova 4.0 released with Jelly Bean on-board, considering that the phone was running Ice Cream Sandwich four months ago. That’s clearly a stretch, although I can see the device getting an Android 4.1 update sometime after its release.
Talking about the release, we have no news on when to expect the device to hit Cricket, though the FCC certification is a clear indicator that this will happen sooner rather than later. We would certainly expect it to see the light of day by the end of October with a rumored price of around $250 off-contract with prepaid plans. That’s a bit higher than HTC One V’s current price tag, but in all honesty the ZTE V8000 looks like a better equipped phone all-around.
Anyone looking forward for the ZTE V8000 to become reality? Would $250 be a fair price to ask for it, or does Cricket need to lower that bar to sweeten the deal?