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Sprint Vital With 720p Display,13-MP Camera to Launch for $100 This Month

As today’s high-end smartphones continue to evolve, it looks like mid-range devices are adopting more premium features as well. Such is the case with Sprint’s newly announced Vital smartphone,  which comes with a roomy 5-inch 720p IPS display, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera for $99.99.

Powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor with 1GB of RAM, the Vital comes with 8GB of storage space expandable up to 64GB.  Sprint says that the ZTE-crafted handset is slated for a June 14 launch, but you’ll need to sign a two-year contract with the carrier to get the $50 mail-in-rebate. The Vital also comes equipped with a 2,500 mAh battery ,NFC capabilities, and preloaded EA’s Real Racing 3.

The Sprint Vital offers some appealing attributes for a sub-$100 handset, but you can still snag previous-generation flagships such as the Galaxy S3 for less than $50 on Amazon. The Vital does compare well to other  recently-launched smartphones in its price range such as HTC’s ill-fated First handset and the Nokia Lumia 928, which also offers a 1.5GHz processor with 1GB of RAM for $99.99. 

Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.