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Virgin Mobile taking pre-orders for ZTE Venture

Pictured above is the ZTE Venture, an Android handset heading to Virgin Mobile on March 15th. It’s a hybrid candybar device, featuring both a 2.8-inch touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard. That gives it a BlackBerry-like feel. Another way it resembles the BlackBerry: it has a 600MHz processor, which is one of the slower ones in modern mobile usage. It’s still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and it’s unclear whether it will get a 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade; I’d consider the prospects unlikely, given the Venture’s underpowered nature. In any case, it will cost $99, and it’s available for pre-order on Virgin Mobile’s website. It will ship this Thursday, March 15th.

Via Android Central.