Sprint made it official: the Samsung Epic 4G is slated to drop August 31 and will become the nation’s second Android-powered WiMAX handset. The Samsung Epic 4G is the Pro variant of the Galaxy S and includes a QWERTY keyboard and 4G connectivity, two features which set the Sprint Epic 4G apart from the other handsets in the Galaxy S series. In fact you might say they are “epic” features.
The Samsung Epic 4G joins the EVO 4G in Sprint’s 4G Android lineup and the wireless carrier has wasted no time in comparing the two handsets. The Epic 4G compares favorably to the EVO 4G and includes the following specs:
- 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen
- 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor
- Horizontal sliding keyboard with five spacious rows
- 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, autofocus, 3x digital zoom, 720p video recording
- Front-facing VGA camera
- 1 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
- 16GB microSD card, supports up to 32GB.
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- Wifi 802.11b/g/n
- EVDO Rev. A/Wimax data
- 3G/4G Wifi hotspot with support for up to five devices
- Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
- DLNA output
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Dimensions: 4.9 inches 2.54 inches x 0.56 inches (124.8 mm x 64.6 mm x 14.2 mm)
- Weight: 5.46 ounces (155 grams)
- Battery: Removable 1500mAh Lithium (Li-on)
- Android 2.1
Sprint is anticipating high demand for the Epic 4G and is allowing customers to reserve the Android handset starting on August 13th. Reservations will be accepted until the August 31st launch date and the purchase must be completed by Sept 1st at 6PM.
The handset will be available for sale in all Sprint retail channels and national retail partners, including RadioShack, Best Buy and Walmart. All Sprint Stores will open at 8 a.m. local time on August 31st. As expected, the Epic 4G is priced appropriately at $249.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate.
While you wait for August 31st to roll around, you can always check out our Epic 4G hands-on preview.