Amidst a relative dearth of newly announced handsets here at CTIA wireless 2012, is showing off a low-end Android 4.0 handset that the company says is headed to Cricket. ZTE calls it the "Nova 4.0 V8000," but we would expect that when it launches Cricket will have some input on the final name. In any case, it has a 4-inch WVGA screen, 8-megapixel camera around back, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM, and runs on a single-core Qualcomm S2 processor clocked at 1.4GHz. It's a relatively small handset overall, but the hefty 1900mAh battery puts it on the thick side — however you can probably assume that the combination of the processor, small screen, and 3G radio will make for some pretty impressive battery life.
The spec card with the phone claims that it will support HD Voice, but we got mixed signals from the various ZTE reps at the booth today about whether or not that would be a launch feature on Cricket. The signals on when it would launch were just a bit clearer — ZTE and Cricket apparently hope to have it ready for back-to-school season, so it should be out in July or August. No pricing details yet, but it's hard to imagine Cricket will charge a premium.