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Samsung Epic 4G will be only the second 4G phone available in the U.S.

When DailyTech reported on leaked specs for a full-Qwerty alternative of the Samsung Galaxy S for Sprint last month, we called the Android-based smartphone the "Galaxy S Pro". Since then, the phone has been officially dubbed the Samsung "Epic 4G", and all the specs that we reported have now been confirmed by a Samsung and Sprint press sheet via sdx-developers.

Here's a quick recap: 

  • 4" Super AMOLED touch-screen with multi-touch
  • Slide-out Qwerty keyboard
  • 1 GHz Samsung ARM Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor 
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera with 3x digital zoom, LED flash, and 720p video capture
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth 2.1

We now also know that the Epic will boast 1 GB ROM, a 1500 mAh battery, internal GPS, a six-axis motion sensor for enhanced gaming, and a micro-SD card slot (16 GB included, up to 32 GB supported) -- not exactly mind-blowing until you consider that the Epic will be only the second WiMAX-supported handset from Sprint, making it the only other 4G option in the U.S. from Sprint's HTC EVO 4G.

Android enthusiasts will be disappointed to hear that the Epic will be running Android 2.1, and not Froyo, which has started rolling out to Verizon's Droid Incredible. We can assume that the Epic will get Android 2.2 at some point in the future, though Samsung has bungled updates to previous Android-based devices like the Behold II. 

According to the Epic 4G fact-sheet, we now also know the dimensions of the handset are 4.9" x 2.54" x 0.56". The little beast weighs in at 5.46 ounces, which is surprisingly less than the 6-ounce, keyboard-less EVO 4G.

If you haven't been following the story, the Epic 4G is Sprint's version of just one of six variations of the Samsung Galaxy S, which are slated for all the major carriers. 

Neither Sprint nor Samsung have confirmed a release date for the Epic 4G, but the internet has been buzzing with a rumored August 20 launch. 



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World phone?
By littvay on 7/27/2010 1:53:41 PM , Rating: 2
I was told by a Sprint person in a store that this will be a "world phone". This supposedly means that 1, it will be able to use GSM, you just need to insert a SIM and 2, it will come unlocked. If this is true, this is big news.




RE: World phone?
By marvdmartian on 7/27/2010 3:32:10 PM , Rating: 2
But truly....the important question HAS to be......

....is it MAGICAL???


UK release please
By gibb3h on 7/27/2010 8:41:09 AM , Rating: 3
don't care if it doesn't have 4G, I just want a top spec android with a keyboard -.-




Now it makes Sense
By IcePickFreak on 7/27/2010 12:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
No wonder HTC is constantly backed up on Incredible orders due to Samsung not being able to produce enough AMOLED screen for it - They're too busy shoving it into everyone of their own phones.




Samsung's Android updates...
By oTAL on 7/28/2010 10:31:20 AM , Rating: 2
I have a I7500 Galaxy which is an incredible phone hardware wise.

However it has convinced me that I will never buy a Samsung phone again. They are always late on the software party; their developers mess up the updates; and they drop support very early.

I'm currently on 1.6 - Donut (which took forever to come out) and if not for a french developer known as Drakaz I would have no chance to see my phone go any higher than that.

The hardware specs were amazing for the price (a little over 300€ at the time) but next time I'll probably go HTC.
Samsung seems to be taking the Sony path when it comes to consumer electronics....




But...
By corduroygt on 7/27/10, Rating: -1
RE: But...
By theapparition on 7/27/2010 8:43:36 AM , Rating: 5
Considering that Sprint's service is $30 cheaper per month than a comparable unlimited AT&T plan, I'd say you'd end up saving $20 a month (after that $10 extra). Over 2years, that's $480 extra in your pocket.

And you still get unlimited data, something that AT&T isn't offering anymore.


RE: But...
By theapparition on 7/27/2010 8:46:49 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Android enthusiasts will be disappointed to hear that the Epic will be running Android 2.1, and not Froyo, which has started rolling out to Verizon's Droid Incredible.

And will the editors please fix this. Froyo has NOT startted rolling out to the Incredible. It may (most likely not) next month or even in September, but it certainly hasn't started. I predict the X will have 2.2 before the Incredible.


RE: But...
By quiksilvr on 7/27/2010 9:01:22 AM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the fact that you can call any mobile phone in the country without using your minutes.

And on top of that, if you are in an area with 4G (or 3G too, I'm not entirely sure) you can tether the internet to your computer at no additional cost.


RE: But...
By Cstefan on 7/27/2010 9:21:05 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
And on top of that, if you are in an area with 4G ... you can tether the internet to your computer at no additional cost.


Oh yea, 4g hotspot is free. And my friend, it does rock so hard.

When it works anyway


RE: But...
By ebakke on 7/27/2010 9:56:14 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
And on top of that, if you are in an area with 4G (or 3G too, I'm not entirely sure) you can tether the internet to your computer at no additional cost.
No, you can't. Sprint charges $29.99 /month for that privilege.


RE: But...
By Treckin on 7/27/2010 11:42:31 AM , Rating: 2
lol sounds like you actually pay for it...

I wonder why they TRY to charge for it again??

:rolleyes:


RE: But...
By Gio6518 on 7/27/2010 12:03:22 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
No, you can't. Sprint charges $29.99 /month for that privilege.


for wireless wifi hotspot yes it does charge.......

but you can get free apps like easy tether and tether for no extra charge.


RE: But...
By ebakke on 7/27/2010 1:38:13 PM , Rating: 2
You either tether wired (which, then how is the Evo different from any other Android?) or you pay the $29.99 a month for wireless. In either case, it doesn't justify the $10 a month "just because we know we can %*#& you" fee.


RE: But...
By Gio6518 on 7/27/2010 3:52:44 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
You either tether wired (which, then how is the Evo different from any other Android?)


not sure how to tether weird.....but i use the usb cable, either on mine or my wifes EVO also works on either of my kids Heroes....you need to download easy tether,

http://www.androlib.com/android.application.com-ms...

use the cable then you need to install the software into your PC, notebook, or netbook,

http://www.mobile-stream.com/easytether/drivers.ht...

and wham bam your on the internet...

i know people who pay the 29.99 and use the WiFi hotspot and canceled their home internet, which also saved them $30 a month or so going to the cable compay.......


RE: But...
By dcallen83 on 8/6/2010 1:40:14 AM , Rating: 2
Yes you can tether both the 4G and 3G connections with any wi-fi capable device and it is an amazing feature. - EVO 4G owner and tested and done it myself. It does NOT cost 29.99/month for this feature ebakke.


RE: But...
By vapore0n on 7/27/2010 9:15:19 AM , Rating: 3
Why pay for something you cant use? That is my whole issue with the extra 10$ tacked into it.


RE: But...
By dcallen83 on 8/6/2010 1:43:48 AM , Rating: 2
The $10/month is for the tethering option. $10/month for internet for any computer or other wi-fi device (including video game consoles) or $30-$60/month for another ISP....you tell me which one makes sense. My EVO allows up to 8 devices to tether its internet connection and 4G is crazy fast.


RE: But...
By RjBass on 7/27/2010 9:26:36 AM , Rating: 2
I just picked up the Samsung Captivate and was able to keep my unlimited data package for $30/month. While it is something they are no longer offering to new customers or to customers who change their data plan, it is still offered to those who already have it. I was seriously thinking about jumping ship and heading back over to Sprint for the first time in 6 years since 4g service is available in my area. But after reading the reviews about the Captivate I stayed with AT&T since their 3g service works just fine where I live.


RE: But...
By EasyC on 7/27/2010 12:04:01 PM , Rating: 1
So you're justifying their extortion?

If you're going to raise your rates, raise your rates. Don't hide it behind some bullshit "Add-On" under the premise that they "anticipate" you'll use more data. I pay for an unlimited data plan as it is. It shouldn't matter how much data I use on an unlimited plan. Plain and simple.

Cheaper or not, they are executing the whole "Premium Data" scheme entirely wrong...


RE: But...
By Belegost on 7/27/2010 1:23:17 PM , Rating: 2
The way I see it, the extra $10 is for the convenience of the 4G speed. Since the 4G network is currently only in limited areas it seems completely reasonable to charge a higher fee for those who can actually use it, while those using only 3G don't pay extra for service they cannot get.

I have a feeling as the 4G rolls out and the 3G gets phased out this will essentially be a rate increase, but until then, this seems like a good plan.

You don't want to use the 4G, don't pay for it. Simple enough.


RE: But...
By ebakke on 7/27/2010 1:40:32 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The way I see it, the extra $10 is for the convenience of the 4G speed.
That's great that you see it that way. However, at every available opportunity Sprint has vehemently disagreed with you and in no uncertain terms has stated the $10 fee is not for 4G .


RE: But...
By dubldwn on 7/27/2010 8:16:09 PM , Rating: 2
Hunh? Then what is the $10/month for? If what you're saying is true then they're facing an uphill battle because it's been seemingly universally accepted.


RE: But...
By ebakke on 7/27/2010 10:17:27 PM , Rating: 2
Here's a good site about a guy trying to answer that exact question: http://explainthefee.com/

Ultimately their answer comes into one of three categories:
1. You get unlimited data; no caps!!! (To which the non-imbecile says, "Yeah, that's what 'unlimited data' in my base plan gives me.")
2. It's a really sweet phone!! I mean, it has a kickstand and a giant screen! WOOHOO!!! (To which the wary consumer says, "Yeah, that's why it cost me $200.")
3. Sprint thinks you're going to use more data than you would with another phone. (Again, the consumer says, "ummm.... I thought my plan had unlimited data?"

Ultimately if Sprint comes out and says its for 4G, then Dan Hesse has to eat his words about how 4G is going to be free for consumers and is already factored into the cost of their "Everything" plans.


RE: But...
By corduroygt on 7/28/2010 8:03:03 AM , Rating: 2
How about the majority of people who does not need the unlimited plan? I never paid more than $60-70 a month for my service, including taxes.


RE: But...
By corduroygt on 7/28/2010 8:03:07 AM , Rating: 2
How about the majority of people who does not need the unlimited plan? I never paid more than $60-70 a month for my service, including taxes.


How can it be the second?
By carrmic on 7/27/10, Rating: -1
RE: How can it be the second?
By irev210 on 7/27/2010 9:10:46 AM , Rating: 5
carrmic, the iPhone 4 is not 4G. It's not capable of 4G, it's not even on a network that has 4G.

When the iPhone 4G comes out, then you can say the iPhone haz da 4GEEEZ.

Until then, it's still the iPhone 4 on ATT's non-4G network.


RE: How can it be the second?
By mcnabney on 7/27/2010 4:16:57 PM , Rating: 1
Since nobody has mentioned it, I will.

This phone will drop back to 3G-only in 2012 when Sprint/Clearwire switch to LTE. So this phone will only be 4G for 1.5 to 2 years. Happy shopping.


RE: How can it be the second?
By cbf on 7/27/2010 7:58:57 PM , Rating: 3
Sprint & Clearwire have said that they *might* also support LTE in a few years, if there is customer demand. I have seen nothing that says they intend to dismantle the WiMax network.


RE: How can it be the second?
By vapore0n on 7/27/2010 9:14:02 AM , Rating: 2
IPhone4 is not 4G. EVO is though.


RE: How can it be the second?
By tviceman on 7/27/2010 9:23:46 AM , Rating: 5
Another Steve Jobs brain washing!


RE: How can it be the second?
By carrmic on 7/27/2010 10:03:50 AM , Rating: 3
Ah. I thought it was advertised as 4G... Must have been a mind trick. :)


RE: How can it be the second?
By marvdmartian on 7/27/2010 3:31:17 PM , Rating: 2
Darth Steve playin' with your mind again! ;)


RE: How can it be the second?
By RjBass on 7/27/2010 10:18:22 AM , Rating: 3
Can we make this post a 6 please?


RE: How can it be the second?
By Camikazi on 7/27/2010 10:08:40 AM , Rating: 2
The 4 in iPhone 4 comes from it being the 4th iPhone. iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and now iPhone 4. It is, however, only a 3G phone.


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