Virgin Mobile Venture and Chaser coming soon with Android, probably made by ZTE
Virgin Mobile is getting ready to add two new Android smartphones to its lineup, apparently. These will be called simply the Venture and the Chaser, and they may be manufactured by ZTE.
Official-looking press renders of the Virgin Mobile Venture and Chaser have been leaked to PocketNow. The device with a QWERTY keyboard is the Venture, and the full-touch handset is the Chaser.
The Venture looks a lot like the ZTE Style Q, albeit with four physical Android buttons instead of three capacitive ones. Aside from that minor difference, the leaked specs for the Venture are identical to those of the Style Q. This will be a low-end offering, that’s for sure, with its 600 MHz processor, 2.8-inch 320×240 display, 512 MB of RAM, and 2 GB microSD card preinstalled.
The Chaser’s specs haven’t been leaked (yet), but it does look a lot like the ZTE X500. That phone has already made it to the US as the ZTE Score on Cricket, although with capacitive buttons as opposed to Virgin’s model which again is fitted with actual keys.
If that’s the case, and this will be just a rebranded X500, then expect a 600 MHz CPU, a 3.5-inch 320×480 touchscreen, and a 3.2 MP camera.
Both the Virgin Mobile Venture and Chaser should arrive in the near future running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. As their supposed specs clearly suggest, these will almost surely be budget options for those who are after a smartphone but don’t want all the latest bells and whistles of high-end handsets.