Virgin Mobile today kicked off sales of its newest Android smartphone, the HTC Desire. No, not that Desire. The new HTC Desire for Virgin Mobile looks to be the Sprint MVNO’s version of the international HTC Desire 601 that was introduced by HTC earlier this year. Priced at $279.99 sans contract, Virgin Mobile’s Desire sports a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, front-facing BoomSound speakers and Android 4.2.2 beneath HTC’s Sense Overlay. There’s also a 5-megapixel shooter around back, 8GB storage inside and a microSD card slot for adding more memory.
Like several of Virgin Mobile’s other recently-launched smartphones, the HTC Desire supports Sprint’s 4G LTE network, meaning that Virgin Mobile customers located in any of Sprint’s 230 LTE cities can use the Desire as a surfboard on Sprint’s LTE airwaves. It may not be the most high-end Android handset, but the Desire looks to be a respectable device that not only offers one of the larger displays in Virgin’s lineup, but is also the only one with HTC Sense and BoomSound speakers. If that sounds like the recipe for an Android phone that you’d like to carry in your pocket, hit up the link below and get to buying.