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June 7, 2013

LG Optimus F3 with Android Jelly Bean announced by Sprint as its cheapest LTE phone

Sprint has officially announced the LG Optimus F3, a brand new Android smartphone that was first seen a few weeks ago.

The Optimus F3 will be Sprint’s cheapest LTE-capable handset at launch, costing only $29.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate, 2-year contract required). Customers will be able to buy it starting June 14. There will be two color versions: purple and silver.

Part of LG’s F-Series (like the Optimus F7 that was released today by US Cellular), the F3 runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Its features include: a 4 inch IPS WVGA display with Gorilla Glass 2.0, VuTalk (enabling “users to send handwritten messages, photos or drawings back and forth in real time”), QSlide 2.0, QTranslator, QuickMemo, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, 5MP rear camera, front-facing camera (probably VGA), 1.2GHz dual-core processor, MicroSD card support, and a 2,460 mAh battery.

The new handset is Sprint’s first to have TalkBack out of the box – this is “a text-to-speech accessibility feature from Google that helps blind and vision-impaired users interact with their devices more easily.” There is also a “unique LED indicator on the LG Optimus F3′s home button”, offering “a rainbow of color options that can assist those with hearing impairment, such as green for a phone call or red for a text message.”

After launching the Optimus F3, Sprint might also release the high-end LG Optimus G Pro (but there’s nothing official abut this at the moment). The Optimus G Pro is already available in the US anyway, as AT&T is selling it for $199.99 on contract.