Sprint has just become the first U.S. carrier to offer the Samsung Galaxy S II. This version, re-named the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, has a large display, dual-core processor, 8MP camera, and 4G.
This is a follow-up to last year’s Samsung Epic 4G, but the one model leaves out its predecessor’s sliding keyboard. Sprint is going to keep the original its product lineup to give shoppers more options.
The Epic 4G Touch sports a 4.5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen that uses Samsung’s brighter Super AMOLED Plus technology. The display is large enough that this might be considered a tabphone — half tablet, half phone.
It runs Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It has a generous 1GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot for extra capacity.
This model can connect to Sprint’s 4G WiMAX service, as well as its 3G EV-DO one. Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS. It can share video over a wireless DLNA connection, plus there’s an HDMI video-out port.
The Samsung Epic 4G Touch is available now for $200 with a two-year contract. Without the contract it is $500. This model can be found on Sprint’s website.
More about the Galaxy S II
Samsung is the world’s second largest smartphone maker, and the Galaxy S II is its flagship device, no matter what name it goes under. It debuted in Europe in the spring and quickly became this company’s fastest selling handset ever.
AT&T and T-Mobile are also going to release versions of this device, though they aren’t planning to re-name them. Verizon decided to pass on this model.
Obviusly, it is the successor to the original Galaxy S. This was released by all of the top U.S. carriers, though they each called it something different. In addition to Sprint’s Epic 4G, there was T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant, AT&T’s Samsung Captivate, and Verizon’s Samsung Fascinate.