By Alexandra Burlacu | Jun 07, 2013 10:57 AM EDT
The new LG Optimus F3 will go on sale online on June 14, boasting advanced accessibility features to help the blind and hearing-impaired users.
The smartphone will cost $29.99 after rebate, on a two-year contract with Sprint. The LG Optimus F3 will be available to everyone, but its advanced accessibility features will make it particularly useful for consumers with vision loss or other disabilities.
The LG Optimus F3 is the first phone to launch pre-loaded with text-to-speech app TalkBack, which is accessible out of the box. This Google feature allows blind and visually-impaired individuals to handle their devices in an easier, hassle-free manner. The TalkBack feature includes voice guidance as users go through the activation and setup process on the device.
"Sprint is committed to providing technology that meets the needs of all of our consumers," said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse in announcing the device at the M-Enabling Summit in Arlington, Va., according to the press release. "The LG Optimus F3 offers a robust list of features for any customer, and it is uniquely empowering for people with disabilities."
"Combining intelligent features with the user-friendly LG interface, the LG Optimus F3 allows users to easily collaborate and communicate while handling a variety of tasks or enjoying entertainment content," adds LG Electronics USA President and CEO Wayne Park. "This device exemplifies LG's commitment to delivering compelling accessibility features."
The LG Optimus F3 sports a 4-inch vivid IPS display, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a 5-megapixel rear-camera and a front shooter for video calls, and a 2,460 mAh battery. The handset runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and offers access to the Sprint 4G LTE network.
Also onboard with the new LG Optimus F3 is a new Accessible Education ID pack, downloadable for K-12 students with various disabilities that impede them from fully reading the printed page.
The Accessible Education ID pack is developed by Apps4Android and includes a set of six applications and Web services that customize Web pages to present only the most pertinent necessary information, without any clutter. Apps include access to WebMATH, KhAndroid and IDEAL Equation Finder, an application based on speech recognition.
The Home button on the LG Optimus F3, meanwhile, changes colors to indicate specific functions. The button will turn green for a phone call or red for a text message, for instance, which should help the visually- and hearing-impaired.
The LG Optimus F3 will be come in two colors - silver and purple - and will be available for purchase from Sprint's online store or by calling 1-800-SPRINT starting on June 14. The phone will also hit all Sprint retail channels later this summer.
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