First Sprint prepaid LTE handsets: HTC One SV and ZTE Force on Boost, Galaxy Victory on Virgin
Only a few months after launching their first 4G handsets on Sprint’s soon-to-be-legacy WiMax network, the carrier’s two prepaid subsidiaries — Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile — are apparently poised to begin offering devices capable of surfing Sprint’s even-faster 4G LTE bands. All told, the prepaid group plans to roll out three LTE-capable handsets in the first quarter of next year, with at least two of them coming the traditional hand-me-down route from parent Sprint.
So far Virgin is only said to be picking up the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE (pictured above), a low-to-mid-tier device with quite capable specs (dual-core 1.2GHz, four-inch WVGA, five-megapixel camera). Virgin will also reportedly sell another budget-friendly (and 3G-only) Android in the first quarter, the ICS-flavored Kyocera Event (pictured below), an even more modestly-specced phone featuring a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon, just a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, and 3.2MP camera with flash.
Boost, meanwhile, is said to be picking up a pair of handsets that are a bit more exciting: the ZTE Force (codename:Aurora, pictured above) and HTC One SV (codename:K2, i.e. Kingdom 2). The ZTE model, which will first be known as the Sprint Force, is a four-inch, WVGA device powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and featuring 5MP/1MP rear and front cameras. The recently-launched One SV (pictured below) has a very similar spec sheet (1.2GHz dual core, 4.3-inch WVGA, 5MP/1.3MP), and has been tipped to launch in a reddish hue similar to the nearly-identical Desire SV.
Both Boost LTE phones — which will continue to be sold alongside their WiMax cousins — will apparently cost between $200 to $300 (unsubsidized, naturally), and may also offer mobile hotspot capabilities.