Last summer we broke the news about a new ZTE smartphone that appeared to be headed for Sprint. ZTE, one of the top five Android device manufacturers in the world that mainly concentrates on the Chinese market, recently made headlines when members of a US House of Representatives intelligence committee concluded they were one of two companies that could be a threat to the U.S. due to spying activities. That unwanted attention may have played into the decision to drop “ZTE” from the name and market the device as the Sprint Flash.
The ZTE Flash is notable for its 12 megapixel camera which is unusually powerful for a smartphone in the mid-tier range. The device also boasts a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a 4.5-inch screen, features that will compare quite favorably to other mid-tier phones. Perhaps disappointingly, it does appear the device will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Jelly Bean. The price for the new Sprint Flash device appears to be set at $130. For buyers who are looking at bang for the buck instead of being on the cutting edge or having a super-powerful device, the Sprint Flash makes a compelling argument.
Along with the marketing materials discovered that indicate the Sprint Flash will be available on November 11th, EVLeaks discovered a nice render of the device that clearly shows the ridge needed to house the camera. The Sprint Flash will join several other devices like the LG Mach and the LG Optimus G slated to be released by Sprint on November 11th.