Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint’s prepaid subsidiaries, may not have a reputation for selling the cream of the Android crop, but when it comes to budget-conscious devices, the network is almost unbeatable. The latest such phone to be up for grabs via Virgin is the Samsung Galaxy Ring.

samsung galaxy ring virgin Samsung Galaxy Ring joins Virgins prepaid lineup: $180 price, Jelly Bean, quad core CPU

This is by no means a high-end gadget, but if all the data listed on Virgin’s website is correct, it will blow your minds with its bang for the buck factor. First off, let’s mention it only costs $179.99. Sans contracts, that is, and with the carrier’s fairly lucrative prepaid plans (for $55 a month, you can get unlimited minutes, messaging and data).

So what do you think you can get for the 180 bucks? Some Ice Cream Sandwich, a tiny low-res screen and a pitiful single-core processor? Think again. The Galaxy Ring comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in tow, a not so small 4-inch display and… wait for it… a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor.

Wait, what?!? Quad-core speed on a $180 phone? It’s true, or at least we have no reason to think it’s not true. Sure, the “quad” part could be a typo or a big misunderstanding, but let’s be positive.

Galaxy Ring Samsung Galaxy Ring joins Virgins prepaid lineup: $180 price, Jelly Bean, quad core CPU

And no, there’s no way the SoC is a Snapdragon 600 or any other high-end model, but even a 200 would provide far more speed than you ever dreamed of getting for below $200.

As for the rest of the specs, that 4-inch panel is undetailed, which is never a good sign, but the 1 GB of RAM sounds awesome, the 5 MP/1.3 MP cameras are fairly nice too, as is the Bluetooth 4.0 support. Sadly, the battery is not so very hot (1,750 mAh), there are only 4 GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD), and 4G LTE is missing altogether.

But still, $180 for an off-contract Jelly Beaner with quad-core speed? Crazy!

Via [Virgin Mobile]