Samsung has just announced the second 4G phone for Sprint. Actually, the phone has been known about for a little over a week with a different name (Samsung Galaxy S Pro, and it will likely be released on other carriers with that name), but regardless, now it's official and has a sprint badge on its front. The Samsung Epic is indeed epic, and is probably the most powerful phone that Samsung has ever produced. Check out a full list of specs after the break.
OS-Wise, the Samsung Epic features Android 2.1, with a clear promise to update the phone to 2.2 before the end of the year. That's good to hear, because the phone has a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM (much like the recently announced Droid X). The most recent Android flagship devices--the Droid X, the EVO 4G, and now the Samsung Epic are all powered by different 1GHz processors. The EVO 4G runs Qualcomm's popular Snapdragon, the Droid X runs a TI OMAP, and Cortex A8 Hummingbird. The performance difference should be marginal, but these differences should be noted for good measure.
The Epic continues in Samsung's recent tradition of using AMOLED touchscreen displays, which provide immaculate color and intense contrast beyond any LCD display currently made. At 4 Inches, it promises to be a behemoth as well. Contrary to the Droid X and the EVO 4G, though, the Epic features a full-featured, sliding QWERTY keyboard--the first 4G phone to do so.
You can't forget the 4G part of the Epic, though. Expect support from Sprint's ever-expanding WiMAX 4G network. Like the EVO 4G, you can turn the Epic into a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five other devices.
On the back, you'll find a 5 megapixel camera that can also shoot 720p video. You will also find a VGA camera on the front for video conferencing. Not necessarily up to par with the Droid X's 8 megapixel camera, but on a cell phone it really doesn't matter. You won't become Anne Leobovitz with a few more megapixels.
Samsung hasn't announced a release date or a price, but expect it to come out soon, and for around $200.
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