Samsung Epic 4G Coming to Sprint August 31

@SamsungTweets tweeted last night that the Epic 4G will be available on Sprint on August 31. Sprint has confirmed it as well.

Here are the specs:

  • Android 2.1
  • Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor
  • 4″ Super AMOLED capacitive display
  • Dual cameras: 5-megapixel camera/camcorder with autofocus, Power LED flash and 3x digital zoom for HD (720p) recording, plus a front-facing VGA camera
  • 3G/4G capability
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability — supports up to 5 Wi-Fi devices
  • Slide-out QWERTY and virtual Swype keyboards
  • Digital compass, proximity sensor, light sensor and GPS Navigation
  • Memory: 16GB microSD card included; expandable to 32 GB
  • Built-in Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Six-axis motion sensor for gaming

The Epic 4G is pretty packed with features, and more are on the way. It will feature Samsung’s AllShare service which enables sharing of various types of media to DLNA home appliances including televisions, digital cameras and printers. The Samsung Media Hub will feature a video and literary resource at some point. This feature is currently listed as “coming soon.” The Epic 4G will feature video chat and live video sharing via the Qik video app.

As a Galaxy S phone, it features a lot of the same stuff as the phones from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. What makes the Epic 4G stand out is the slideout QWERTY keyboard and the 4G connection. This should make for a pretty nice phone, especially with the hub capabilities.

You can pick up the Epic 4G for $250 with a two-year contract and after the $100 mail-in rebate. It also requires a Premium Data plan. Of all the Galaxy S phones, this is probably the one to get. This of course may not be an option depending on who your mobile carrier is, though. If you are a Sprint customer and a Samsung fan, you caught a lucky break. Other Samsung fans should be content with the nearly identical alternatives on their respective networks. It will be interesting to see how well this cross-carrier phone does, especially in a world of exclusives among the other brands.

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