Sprint and LG just announced the newest entry-level smartphone that will be sold by the carrier. The LG Optimus Elite is an eco-friendly device that is ULE Platinum certified for highest level of environmental performance, and is also CarbonFree certified to offset the carbon footprint of the phone’s full lifecycle.
It’s main highlight seems to be its friendliness to the environment, it’s construction eliminates the use of many environmentally sensitive materials, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), brominated flame retardants (BFR), halogen, beryllium, phthalates, and nickel, and comes in fully recyclable packaging which was printed with soy ink.
Hardware-wise, the smartphone comes equipped with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display with a 320×480 resolution, on the rear there’s a 5-megapixel camera with video recording function and a front-facing camera for video calling. The handset also supports GPS navigation, built-in Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and also has a WiFi hotspot function for sharing 3G connection with up to five devices simultaneously.
The Optimus Elite runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS out the package with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for expansion. Sprint will start selling the Optimus Elite on April 22nd for the price of $29.99 with a 2-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card.