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Apr 17, 2012

Sprint Launches Eco-Friendly LG Optimus Elite Android Phone with NFC Support

LG Optimus Elite is the fourth eco-friendly handset launched by Sprint in the last two year. The first “green” handset released by the carrier was the LG Remarq, followed by LG Rumor Reflex and LG Viper 4G LTE.

The Optimus Elite is expected to arrive in Titan Silver and White on Earth Day, April 22. It will be exclusively available from Sprint's online store for only $29.99 USD with a new two-year agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card.

Beginning May 18 the smartphone will be available in additional channels, including Sprint retail. 

In addition, Sprint confirmed that the LG Optimus Elite will be released through Virgin Mobile as well, but timing and pricing options will be announced closer to launch.

Aside from its eco-friendly features, LG Optimus Elite sports a decent 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, as well as a 5-megapixel rear photo snapper with LED flash and video recording.

“As a leader in environmental responsibility and sustainability, Sprint continues to expand its portfolio of eco-friendly devices and services by providing consumers with strong device choices,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. 

It appears that this is the spiritual successor of the popular LG Optimus S smartphone. The Optimus Elite is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and packs an 800 MHz single core processor.

There are no details on the amount of memory, but those who purchase the Optimus Elite can download Box application on their phones and receive 50GB of free cloud storage from LG.

Last but not least, LG Optimus Elite comes with NFC (Near Field Communication), which enables users to take advantage of various services, including Google Wallet.

“LG Optimus Elite is a dynamic and affordable green option for customers who want to go green without sacrificing the latest features. We are thrilled to make this available as we celebrate Earth Day and think about what each of us can do to support sustainability,” concluded Owens.


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