Virgin Mobile, one of Sprint’s subsidiaries, is famous for its low prepaid rates, sensible no-contract smartphone prices and frequent device discounts, but it’s been a while since the operator last bolstered its product portfolio.
As such, it flew a little under everyone’s radar of late, although that’s clearly about to change. According to serial leaker @evleaks, whose track record speaks for itself, Virgin will be getting not one, not two and not three, but four troop reinforcements in the near future.
MetroPCS? US Cellular? They got nothing on Virgin Mobile, ready to welcome among others HTC’s supersized yet affordable Desire 816. Available on European shores for a couple of months now, the 5.5-inch HD phablet can be had stateside in unlocked form at around $375.
Knowing Virgin, they should be able to undercut the already low price point, albeit probably not by much. $25, $50 maybe, $75, best case scenario. But if they do pull off an ask of roughly $300, the Desire 816 becomes a must-buy, what with its punchy quad-core 1.6 GHz Snapdragon 400 chip, 1.5 GB RAM, outstanding 13 MP rear camera, excellent selfie-friendly 5 MP front shooter and pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat.
Virgin’s other three imminent budget contenders will likely run KitKat out the box too. Sadly, that’s all we know for sure about the LG Pulse, Unify and ZTE Emblem.
Well, we can maybe assume the Emblem will be the smallest and cheapest of them all. As for the Pulse and Unify, they’re probably renamed versions of recent L-series or F-series releases. But really, that’s all we know.