Samsung Epic 4G Demand Exceeds Pre-launch Supply

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Sprint has stopped taking reservations for the Samsung Epic 4G because customers have signed up for all the units set aside for this purpose.

Samsung Epic 4G from SprintThis cutting-edge Android OS smartphone won’t reach user’s hands on the last day of this month, but last week Sprint started allowing those who are eager to get one to put in a reservation.

The reservation page on Sprint’s website now reads:

Sorry, we’re no longer taking reservations
Response to the Samsung EpicTM 4G ReserveNow program has been great; so much so that all of the phones we set aside have been spoken for.

We’re stocking up so that you’ll be able to get yours at a Sprint store or online starting August 31st.

Sprint hasn’t revealed how many units were available to be reserved, but the fact that the carrier quickly ran through them helps confirm that demand for this model is going to be high. 

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.

Samsung Epic 4G from Sprint

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.

Samsung Epic 4G ReviewOverall, 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. Versions without these has been released by AT&T as the Samsung Captivate and by T-Mobile as the Samsung Vibrant.

Pricing & Availability
The Samsung Epic 4G is going to sell for $250 with a two-year contract. That’s $50 more the price of virtually all its direct competitors.

It will launch on and in Sprint retail locations on Tuesday, Aug. 31.




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