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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: 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.


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