There’s an inflation of budget-friendly prepaid smartphones being unveiled in the US, with HTC One SV and ZTE Force following the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE. But while the Victory is Virgin Mobile-bound, the other two are headed to Boost, one of Sprint’s subsidiaries.
The One SV is not an entirely new device, being available on various carriers in North America and Europe ever since last fall. On Boost, the 4.3-incher is landing on March 7 for a starting price of $299.99 off-contract.
While definitely not a top-tier smartphone, the SV excels in the bang for the buck department, packing an 800 x 480 pix res display, a dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of on-board storage and a 5 MP camera. Unfortunately, the on-board OS is the slightly dated Android 4.0 ICS, while the battery is measly, at just 1,800 mAh.
As for the ZTE Force, that is an absolute newcomer and will cost just $200 with prepaid plans starting on March 7 while sporting similar specs to the SV. You get a 4-inch 800 x 480 panel with the Force, a 1.5 GHz dual-core chip, Android 4.0, a 5 MP rear-facing snapper and a 1 MP secondary cam.