The hotly-anticipated Samsung Epic 4G is now available from Sprint. This cutting-edge smartphone runs Google’s Android OS on a 1 GHz processor and has a 4-inch display, sliding keyboard, and support for Sprint’s WiMAX.
The Epic 4G is following on the heels of the very popular HTC EVO 4G, Sprint’s first model with WiMAX. This 4G standard gives it peak download speeds of up to 12 Mbps, and average download speeds of 2-4 Mbps in areas where WiMAX is available.
Samsung’s latest is a slider, with a 4-inch, WVGA (800 x 480) Super AMOLED touchscreen and a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard.
It is debuting 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 runs Google’s operating system, this model comes with a suite of communication, entertainment, and productivity applications. Many of these tie into Google services like YouTube and Gmail, but users will also be able to get their business mail through Microsoft Exchange.
Additional Hardware Details
The Epic 4G has 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 comes with a 16 GB microSD memory card, and users have the option to upgrade this to a 32 GB card themselves.
In addition to WiMAX, this smartphone supports Sprint’s 3G (EV-DO Rev. A) network and offers Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1. The Epic 4G is able to share its 4G or 3G wireless data connection with five other devices over Wi-Fi.
Other features of this Samsung device 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.
Pricing & Availability
The Samsung Epic 4G is available now on Sprint’s website.
Sprint is asking $250 with a two-year contract for this model. It is $600 without a contract.