Sprint Announces Cheap, Mid-Range ZTE Vital

The Vital in action.

There’s no doubt about it, affordable mid-range smartphones are storming the market. Sprint is the latest company to jump on the bandwagon, with the release of its exclusive Sprint Vital to be manufactured by ZTE.

The Sprint Vital was leaked back in March, formerly known as the ZTE Quantum. The official announcement matches up to the leaked specifications and images pretty well.

The Vital will retail at $99.99 on a 2-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate. You may be thinking; ‘isn’t $99.99 too cheap for a smartphone? It must be fairly low-range?’ Well you couldn’t be more wrong!

The Vital will ship on a 2-year contract with Sprint and you will receive a mid-range smartphone featuring a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4G LTE capabilities, 1GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1280 x 720 IPS display, Bluetooth 4.0 and Low-Energy support, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1-megapixel front-facing camera.

Sprint’s Vital will be available to purchase on June 14th in stores and online. It may not be the best smartphone on the market, but it certainly is one of the most affordable devices that packs a good punch.

Just incase you’re interested, the official press release can be seen below taken directly from Sprint’s website.

Great news for budget-conscious customers: Sprint is about to launch a powerful smartphone that doesn’t sacrifice performance or high-end capabilities for less than $100. Sprint Vital™ packs many of today’s must-have features, including the latest version of Android™.

Priced at just $99.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate (excluding taxes), Sprint Vital comes with the high-end features ever customer wants. It is available beginning Friday, June 14th, in all Sprint sales channels, including Sprint Stores, 1-800-SPRINT1, Web Sales, and Business Sales.

Built on Android 4.1.2, Jelly Bean, Sprint Vital comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and video capture, 1-megapixel frontfacing camera and Sprint 4G LTE for surfing the Web at lightning-fast speeds.

Sprint Vital is also geared for gamers with a large 5-inch HD 1280 x 720 IPS display with break-resistant LCD and a 2,500 mAh removable lithium-ion battery that offers up to 15 hours talk time. To help take advantage of the built-in gaming capabilities, it comes preloaded with EA Mobile’s Real Racing 3, offering trailblazing features, including officially licensed tracks, an expanded 22-car grid, and more than 45 meticulously detailed cars from makers like Porsche, Lamborghini, Dodge, Bugatti and Audi. Racing with friends gets kicked into another dimension with the reality-bending Time Shifted Multiplayer™ (TSM) technology.

Sprint Vital also keeps the Android experience closer to the way it was intended. This allows more freedom to customize your Android experience and enables enhanced performance with less clutter that could slow it down.

It is equipped with eco-friendly attributes, including Underwriters Laboratory Environment (ULE) Platinum Certification, the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by ULE and Sprint, and packaging that is 98 percent recyclable.