Sprint Announces Samsung Epic 4G

Sprint has announced its second 4G-capable phone, the Samsung Epic 4G. The Epic 4g is billed as a Galaxy S phone.

Here are the specs:

  • Android 2.1
  • 4″ Super AMOLED capacitive display
  • Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor
  • Dual camera: 5 MP camera/camcorder with auto-focus includes Power LED flash and 3x digital zoom, records HD video (720p); front facing VGA camera
  • Onboard Memory: 1 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  • 16 GB microSD card (included); expandable to 32 GB
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP Stereo and EDR
  • Digital compass, six-axis motion sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS
  • 3G/4G capability
  • Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability – connects up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • 4G data speeds (WiMAX) – peak speeds of 10 Mbps down/1Mbps up (3-6Mbps average)
  • 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) – peak speeds 3.1 Mbps down/1.8 Mbps up (600 kbps-1.4 Mbps average)
  • Visual voicemail

The Samsung Epic 4G

“will have access to the Samsung Media Hub, making it the first and only 4G handset to feature a video store with movies and TV available for purchase or rental, and video content set up for an HD-like entertainment experience on a handset screen. With 4G from Sprint, users will be able to get turbo-charged downloads of a full library of video and literary content powered by some of the biggest names in entertainment.”
Sprint

The Samsung Epic 4G also features Samsung’s AllShare cloud service, which allows sharing of music, pictures and HD video to Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) devices.

Sprint designed the phone to be business friendly, offering support for push email and integrated calendar services including Google, Yahoo, and Exchange ActiveSync. The 4G supports the full range of Google Mobile Services. It also features enhanced device management and security features.

Samsung will be upgrading the Epic 4G to Android 2.2 in the “near future”, but there is no announced upgrade date yet. Sprint has not announced pricing or availability.

This phone is loaded with features, as you can see. It is interesting that Samsung chose to divide the Galaxy S into so many devices and divvy it up among the carriers. They share basic features, but the hardware and perks are adjusted by carrier. No matter which carrier you have though, Samsung is swinging for the fences with the Galaxy S. You will likely be happy with whichever phone your carrier picks up.

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