Sprint has revealed that the much-anticipated Samsung Epic 4G is going to launch at the very end of this month, and that it will cost more than had been predicted.
This Android OS smartphone is going to be well supplied with cutting-edge features, such as WiMAX, a 1 GHz processor, a Super AMOLED touchscreen, and dual cameras.
It was formally unveiled in June, so its specifications are well known, but its release date and price have been a closely held secret.
The Samsung Epic 4G is going to sell for $250 with a two-year contract. That’s $50 over the price of virtually all its high-end competitors.
Getting that price will require sending in a $100 mail-in rebate.
Sprint said today that the Epic 4G is going to be released on Tuesday, August 31.
It will be available through Sprint’s website, as well as this carrier’s stores, Radio-Shack, Best Buy and Wal-mart. Sprints own locations will open at 8:00 am on launch day.
Customers will be able to put in a pre-order for this smartphone starting tomorrow, August 13.
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.
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. Versions without these has been released by AT&T as the Samsung Captivate and by T-Mobile as the Samsung Vibrant.