The NFC-enabled version of the LG Optimus Net is apparently on its way to the US, expected to land at both Sprint and Virgin Mobile quite soon. It will be sold at those two carriers as the LG Optimus Elite. That name is a bit funny, since the phone is anything but high-end. Or elite.
The original Optimus Net was announced in July 2011, so it’s not even a particularly new smartphone. Sometimes though, for unknown reasons, some handsets take many months to reach the US (case in point: Samsung Galaxy S II). This is just one of those.
But if you’d like a low-end Android device with NFC built-in, and you’re with either Sprint or Virgin Mobile, soon you’ll be able to enjoy the Optimus Elite, with its 3.2-inch 480×320 touchscreen, 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, and a 5 MP camera with LED flash.
Virgin’s Optimus Elite, model number VM696 will be out around the end of May, according to PocketNow. Sprint’s LS696 will arrive a bit sooner than that. Obviously, pricing should be very good for this phone if either carrier is to sell it in any significant numbers, so we’re expecting it to go for free on contract with Sprint. The Optimus Elite will apparently replace the Optimus S in Sprint’s portfolio, although it’s doing that with incredibly similar specs.
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