Sprint Samsung Epic 4G Available August 31 for $249

Aug 12th, 2010 | By technologynews | Category: Technology

Sprint said it will begin selling its Android 2.1-based
Epic 4G August 31 for $249 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract.

Powered by a Samsung 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, the Epic 4G is one of four high-end smartphones from Samsung’s
Galaxy S lineup, which includes a handset for each major carrier in the U.S.

Verizon brands its Galaxy S the Samsung Fascinate, while
AT&T and T-Mobile brand their phones the Samsung Captivate and the Samsung
Vibrant, respectively. eWEEK reviewed the Captivate and Vibrant.   

Like the Captivate and Vibrant, Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G
runs Android 2.1 and features a crisp Super AMOLED screen.

But the Epic 4G stands apart because it’s the only Galaxy
S model with a physical, QWERTY keyboard and 4G capabilities; 4G is available in 48 cities
across the country. Where and when it works, users have been impressed.

The Epic 4G boasts a 4-inch screen joins the popular HTC Evo 4G as a smartphone with 4G data speeds. The
Evo 4G also sports a big screen — 4.3 inches — and proved popular for
multimedia consumers.

Sprint hopes the Epic 4G finds similar success among
consumers, which it believes are hungry for watching videos, movies and playing
games on their smartphones.

People also want to text and talk on their phones.Sprint said the Epic 4G supports “advanced
touchscreen gestures,” such as multi-touch pinch, long tap and zoom and
vertical and horizontal swiping.

The Swype gesture handwriting app joins the
QWERTY and virtual keyboards as one of the phones three input interfaces.

For corporate road warriors, the Epic 4G supports push e-mail
and integrated calendar services such as Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Google
and Yahoo.

The device boasts a 5 MP camera/camcorder with autofocus,
power LED flash and HD video1 (720p) video recording, and a front-facing VGA
camera for video chat. The device’s mobile hotspot will connect up to five
Wi-Fi enabled devices.

Like the other Galaxy S devices, the Epic 4G will launch
with Android 2.1, but will upgrade over the air in the coming months to Android
2.2, which sports a faster browser and Flash support.

Samsung Epic 4G will sell the Epic 4G from Sprint.com, 1-800-SPRINT1
and retail partners RadioShack, Best Buy and Walmart.

The device will run with Sprint’s
Everything Data plan, starting at $69.99 per month. The mobile hotspot will
cost users $29.99 extra per month. Verizon Wireless charges $20 for its hotspot

Sprint is testing a new reservation system for the Epic
4G. Customers can reserve the Epic 4G online here
starting Aug. 13  and pick it up from a
Sprint store on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Users must complete their purchase no later than 6 p.m.
local time on Wednesday, Sept. 1 or lose their opportunity to get the phone. 


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