Sprint and Samsung Announce Sprint’s Second 4G Phone– Say Hello to the Epic 4G
So you want Android, your on Sprint, and you want a 4G phone that is not only Android and 4G, but also has a slide out physical QWERTY keyboard instead of only a touchscreen one. Well, then you’re in luck– as Sprint and Samsung have just announced Sprint’s second 4G phone, the Epic 4G. So what is in the Epic 4G that, well, makes it want to offer the name Epic? Some really solid specs actually, including–
- 4 inch Super AMOLED multitouch screen–Like AT&T’s recently announced Samsung Captivate.
- Android 2.1 with Samsung’s customized TouchWiz 3.o interface— We expect this to hopefully get Android 2.2 soon, but Sprint hasn’t yet announced info on that just yet.
- 5 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus, and 720p HD video recording on back AND a VGA front camera for video calls— Similar to the iPhone 4, just here video calls can be made to other users (like Skype, Qik, or EVO 4G users for example), and can also be done on WiFi, 3G, or 4G.
- WiFi, GPS, 3G, and 4G— Including support for wireless N WiFi.
- 1 GHZ Samsung Hummingbird processor– For making sure everything runs fast and smooth.
- 3.5 mm headphone jack and 16 GB microSD card included in the box— So your good to go right from the start for using this as your all in one media device.
It also offers many of the other features the EVO offers (such as the ability to turn into a mobile hotspot, albeit here only offering 5 devices to connect at once, unlike the EVO’s eight). Yeah I know, pretty much the EVO 4G with a slightly smaller screen and camera but with a full slide out QWERTY keyboard. There is though something to be said for having that full QWERTY keyboard (particularly if, as is the case here, it doesn’t make the phone much thicker than the incredibly thin and sleek EVO), as even with the much improved touchscreen Android keyboards like Swype (which is also on the phone for when you want to type on the touchscreen), nothing quite beats a good ‘ol physical keyboard.
Oh, and if you are that person mentioned above, you may want to begin saving up money from that summer job; because while Sprint and Samsung have yet to announce a price or release date (let’s hope it’s soon!), I’m sure it will probably be in the EVO’s range of $200 with new 2 year contract and data plan (though it would be awesome here if I’m wrong).
So, anyone out there holding off on an EVO 4G to get this Epic 4G?