It usually takes a leaked phone some time to see the light of day, but when the specs aren’t great, manufacturers and carriers skip a few hype-building marketing steps. Therefore, we should not be too surprised to see Boost Mobile’s pretty modest ZTE Warp Sequent handheld already up for grabs, just ten days after its first online leaked appearance.

As expected, the Warp Sequent goes for a mere $199.99 off-contract, although if you want to make use of the phone you’ll be forced to choose a prepaid plan from Boost. That’s not too bad though, because Sprint’s subsidiary has some very affordable plans, starting at $55 per month with unlimited everything. Not to mention that you can reduce your monthly costs to $40 with shrinking payments.

The Warp Sequent is a major blast from the past in terms of hardware, although the fact it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich might make you believe for a second this is a 2012 phone. The OS is also pretty much “untainted,” with no custom UI on top or pre-loaded bloatware, which is always a good thing in our book.

The 1.4GHz single-core processor was known ever since last week, but for some reason Boost Mobile is completely mum on the maker and model. Evleaks claimed the Warp Sequent will be a US version of the ZTE Grand X IN, which made the Intel Atom processor just about certain, but Phone Arena is now listing the phone as powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8655 CPU. Now that’s confusing, although frankly there might not be a major speed difference between the two chips.

In any case, it’s obvious we will be dealing with a pretty “lazy” processor, which will be coupled with a rather disappointing 768MB of RAM. The dual 5MP / 1.3MP cameras are decent however, while the 4.3-inch LCD display should also be worth its money, at 960 x 540 pixels resolution.

Other confirmed features include 4GB of internal memory, microSD support for expanding the storage with an additional 32GB, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. Finally, the battery will be a modest 1,650mAh unit supposedly capable of running for 8 hours in talk time between charges (yeah, right!).

We should probably mention a couple of things about the Warp Sequent’s design, too, which is not half bad. The phone measures 0.39 inches in thickness and weighs 4.6 ounces (130 grams), which is actually slightly better than Grand X IN’s measurements. On the flip side, we can’t not notice the Sequent’s common points with the Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. And no, it’s not just the stock ICS that makes us say that.

Anyone thinking of getting the ZTE Warp Sequent from Boost? Is the price-quality ratio fair or would the phone have needed a slight spec bump? Last, but not least, are you keeping your fingers crossed for Intel Atom or Snapdragon S2?