Although Sprint has officially announced its second smartphone with WiMAX, the carrier has been very vague about when the Samsung Epic 4G is going to be released. According to Samsung, this Android OS-based model is going to hit the market before too much longer, though.
Many are eager for this device to debut, as it is going to b well supplied with high-end features — the Epic 4G is going to be an Android OS smartphone with a sliding keyboard, WiMAX, a 1 GHz processor, a Super AMOLED touchscreen, and dual cameras.
Sprint has promised that this model will be on store shelves some time “in the coming months”, but a post on the official Samsung Mobile USA Twitter feed says, “The Sprint Epic 4G is arriving in a few weeks.”
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. A version without these is going to be released by AT&T as the Samsung Captivate and by T-Mobile as the Samsung Vibrant.
A price for the Samsung Epic 4G has not yet been announced.