Sprint has promised to release the Samsung Epic 4G, an Android OS smartphone with a sliding keyboard and WiMAX. It will offer a wide range of high-end features, including a 1 GHz processor, a Super AMOLED touchscreen, and dual cameras.
The Epic 4G is going to be Sprint’s second model with WiMAX, following on the heels of the very popular HTC EVO 4G. This 4G standard will give it peak download speeds of up to 12 Mbps, and average download speeds of 2-4 Mbps in areas where WiMAX is available.
It is going to debut running Android OS 2.1 on a 1 GHz Samsung Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor with 512 MB of RAM, and an upgrade to Android OS 2.2 is in development.
As it will run Google’s operating system, this model will come with a suite of communication, entertainment, and productivity applications. Many of these will tie into Google services like YouTube and Gmail, but users will also be able to get their business mail through Microsoft Exchange.
More High-End Features
The Epic 4G is going to have a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with an LED flash and support for 720p video recording, as well as a front-facing VGA camera for video conferencing.
It is going to come with a 16 GB microSD memory card, and users will have the option to upgrade this to a 32 GB card themselves.
In addition to WiMAX, this smartphone is going to support Sprint’s 3G (EV-DO Rev. A) network and offer Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1. The Epic 4G will be able to share its 4G or 3G Wireless Data connection with five other devices over Wi-Fi.
Other features of this Samsung device are going to include the Swype text-entry system, a GPS receiver, a 1500 mAh battery, a six-axis motion sensor, a proximity sensor, and a light sensor.
Overall, the Epic 4G is going to be 4.9 x 2.5 x 0.6 inches, and 5.5 ounces.
This model is a version of the Samsung Galaxy S with a sliding keyboard and WiMAX added. A version without these is going to be released by AT&T as the Samsung Captivate.
Pricing and Availability?
Sprint said today that the Samsung Epic 4G is going to be released “in the coming months” without being more specific about when.
A price for this high-end model also wasn’t announced.
For more information on the Epic 4G, go to: www.sprint.com/epic4g