Sprint is launching the new LG Optimus F3, a budget-friendly smartphone with features that makes it more accssible for vision and hearing impaired. It is the first phone to come pre-loaded with TalkBack by Google, which is a text-to-speech accessibility feature that helps blind and vision-impaired users interact with their devices more easily.
The F3 also helps people with hearing impairment with its unique LED indicator on the home button that can offer a range of color options. Users can specify colors and patterns can be assigned for different notifications, such as miss calls, new messages, alarm, calendar appointments. Using Sprint ID, students can download the Accessible Education ID pack, which is a package of applications and services to help students who can’t effectively read print.
The Optimus F3 is powered by a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor and it works on Sprint’s 4G LTE networks. It comes with a 4-inch IPS touchscreen, a 5 Megapixel camera with Full HD video recording, a front-facing camera and Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, DLNA as well as NFC connectivity. The handset runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and comes pre-loaded with LG’s QSlide 2.0 for multitasking, QuickMemo for adding creative touch to images for sharing, Q Translator, and VuTalk that allows users send handwritten messages, photos or drawings back and forth in real time.
Sprint will release the phone on 14 June for $29.99 with a 2-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate.