Sprint officially unveiled the Samsung Epic 4G in June, but has yet to say exactly when this eagerly-anticipated Android OS smartphone is going to be released. An inside source says the will launch in less than two weeks.
Samsung’s next model is going to be well supplied with cutting-edge features, such as WiMAX, a 1 GHz processor, a Super AMOLED touchscreen, and dual cameras.
An earlier rumor indicated that the device would hit store shelves today, but this didn’t happen. Now, a manager of a Sprint retail store says he has been told by the carrier that the Epic 4G will debut on Saturday, August 21.
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 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.
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. Versions without these has been released by AT&T as the Samsung Captivate and by T-Mobile as the Samsung Vibrant.
The cost for the Samsung Epic 4G has not yet leaked out, but given its feature set and Sprint’s pricing practices, it’s likely to be $200 with a two-year contract.