Renders show the Virgin Mobile branded ZTE Chaser and ZTE Venture - both Android powered

Renders show the Virgin Mobile branded ZTE Chaser and ZTE Venture - both Android powered
Attempting to get its foot into the door in the US market, we’ve been seeing ZTE making a sturdy push of late in getting some of its devices on board with some recognizable carriers – though, they’ve been mostly from the prepaid camp. Again, they’re pressing forward now that renders for the Android Gingerbread powered ZTE Chaser and Venture have been leaked, showing that they’re bound for Virgin Mobile’s lineup.

Starting with the ZTE Chaser, it seems to be nothing more than a rebranded ZTE X500, which is hardly considered a power packed device. Instead, the candybar smartphone features a 3.5” display, 3.2-megapixel camera, and a behind the times 600MHz processor. Needless to say, it’s far from being the most cutting edge thing on the block, but if they’re able to bring it to market at a competitive price point, it might possibly win over some people.

On the other hand, if you prefer the styling of a BlackBerry more than anything, then the ZTE Venture might appeal to your needs more thanks to its portrait style physical keyboard. Besides that one distinguishable item, there’s not a whole lot separating it from the Chaser in terms of specs seeing it boasts the same things. However, it packs a 2.8” display instead seeing that the keyboard takes up a good amount of space.

It’s evidently clear that ZTE is trying its best to establish a presence, but we’d gather it to be a good idea to tackle the prepaid market first before venturing out to the big leagues with the postpaid carriers. Still, there’s no exact timeline on when these two devices will come to market – so now we play the waiting game.

source: Pocketnow via IntoMobile



1. warrenellis

Posts: 102; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

why did boost mobile get the zte warp 1ghz processor and 4.3 in screen for $200 and zte could only come up with this for virgin mobile?

2. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

For a some time now, Boost was offering 30% off its handsets via its online store meaning the Warp cost $140 after said discount. Additionally, Boost before had offered 1 month free ($55 value) had you sign up with Boost and Warp before that deadline. Boost and Virgin target different customers. Boost customers tend to be a male and want a complete package of $50 / $55 for all it can eat while Virgin customers tend to be a female who likes to text and talk OR likes to text and use data. That said, it makes sense that the bigger Warp went to Boost while the smaller handsets such as these went to Virgin. I was really surprised when Virgin offered the Triumph (really a Huawei phone but with Motorola moniker) with 4.1" screen and unlimited 3G data for $25 a month. Today, I would jump on the Exhibit II with 5 GB of 4G data at $30 a month with T-mobile; unfortunately, the Exhibit II has a much smaller 3.7" screen and 3.2 MP shooter.

3. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I like how ardent states how Virgin Mobile has more female customers. Where do you get your stats from. The only thing he got right was buying the Exhibit II is a better deal because TMobile 4G or 3.5G is faster than Boost and Virgin Mobile network. Oh yeah, Don't waste your money on these phones.

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