Sprint quietly launches ZTE Flash with 12.6MP camera and vanilla(ish) Android

Sprint and ZTE decided not to hold a fancy get together to announce the Flash. Heck, there wasn't even really proper PR. The ICS-sporting handset simply popped up in the online store and a spec sheet was sent out over the wire for those interested enough in mid-range Android devices to pay attention. The leak that caught our attention a couple of weeks back turns out to be spot on -- the 4.5-inch phone is running what looks to be a pretty vanilla build of Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon and 1GB of RAM. There's also plenty of little niceties included, like NFC (fingers crossed for Google Wallet!), Bluetooth 4.0, LTE and a microSD expansion slot to complement the reasonably paltry 8GB of internal storage. Oh, and that display -- it's IPS and HD, so expect nice viewing angles and crisp images. The two biggest bullet points here, though, are the eco-friendly design and that massive 12.6 megapixel sensor. You can pick one up now for $130 with a $50 mail-in rebate. The complete data sheet awaits you after the break.

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Sprint Flash™ Fact Sheet
Best-in-class camera at a reasonable price

· Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
· 4.5-inch HD display
· 1.5GHz dual-core processor
· Personal and business email and text messaging, as well as IM through Google Talk™
· Google Mobile™ wireless services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ for Android, Google Calendar™, Voice Search and YouTube™
· 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
· Wi-Fi® 802.11 b/g/n

· Dual Cameras: 12.6-megapixel rear-facing camera with auto focus , LED Flash, ISO 100-800 and 1-megapixel front-facing; 720p recording, uploading and playback
· Near Field Communication (NFC) technology allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips
· Play Store with more than 600,000 apps, millions of songs and books and thousands of movies, Play Store has something for everyone
· Sprint ID offering an innovative way to personalize an Android smartphone with apps, widgets, ringtones and more all in a single download
· 3.5mm stereo headset jack
· Bluetooth® 4.0

Eco-friendly Attributes
· ULE Platinum Certified, the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by ULE and Sprint

· Dimensions: 5.27 inches (H) x 2.56 inches (W) x 0.38 inches (D)
· Weight: 5.2 ounces
· Display: 4.5-inches" HD 24bit Colors with IPS Technology
· Battery: 1780mAh Lithium-Ion battery for up to 8 hours talk time
· Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8960
· Memory: 8GB ROM, 1GB RAM and microSD™ card slot supporting up to 32GB memory card (card sold separately)