Remember the LG Optimus Elite that we reported was coming to Virgin Mobile? The one with NFC and possibly Google Wallet? Well it's still not available but PocketNow has come up with some leaked press images showing the Optimus Elite with Virgin Mobile branding.
The phone looks quite a bit different than the GSM Optimus Net that its a derivative of. I prefer the Virgin Mobile design, it looks cleaner, especially in the arrangement of the buttons below the screen.
Disappointingly, there's no sign of a Google Wallet icon on the screen in the Optimus Net images. You would think that would be a big selling point for Virgin. PocketNow is speculating that Sprint will get the Optimus Net "rather soon" but the Virgin Mobile users will have to wait until early April.
There's not a lot known about the Virgin Mobile Optimus Elite's specs but I suspect they will be similar to those of NET10's version of the Optimus Net with the addition of NFC. That means a 3.2-inch 480 × 320 px screen, 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of built-in storage and a 5 MP camera with LED flash. Those sort of low mid range specs suggest that the Elite will sell for between $100 and $150 and will eventually replace the LG Optimus V in Virgin's line up.