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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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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.


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