The hotly-anticipated Samsung Epic 4G is set to debut next week, and those who want to be among the first to get this Android OS smartphone can place a pre-order now.
There has been quite a bit of pre-release interest shown in this model, which will offer WiMAX, a 1 GHz processor, a large Super AMOLED touchscreen, and dual cameras.
Sprint has stopped taking reservations for the Epic 4G, and many online retailers like Amazon.co have yet to begin selling it, but Wirefly.com is taking pre-orders.
Sprint is asking $250 with a two-year contract for this model, but the Wirefly.com price is $240 with contract. It is $600 without a contract.
The Epic 4G will be available a week from today, on Tuesday, August 31.
Preview of the Samsung Epic 4G
This smartphone is going to follow on the heels of the very popular HTC EVO 4G, Sprint’s first model with WiMAX. 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.
The Epic 4G is going to be a slider, with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard.
It will 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.
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 will 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.
This model is a version of the Samsung Galaxy S with a sliding keyboard and WiMAX added. Versions without these has been released by AT&T as the Samsung Captivate and by T-Mobile as the Samsung Vibrant.