The Evo 4G has some company on Sprint, and it’s name is the Epic 4G. A member of Samsung’s Galaxy S Android smart phone family, the Epic 4G sports a slide-out keyboard and a brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLED screen that’s smaller than the Evo’s 4.3 inches. However, the Epic makes up for that display real estate deficiency with lifelike color and superior response time and viewing angles. Samsung’s superphone is also lighter, weighing in at 5.5 ounces to the Evo 4G’s 6 ounces.
What can you do with that awesome screen? When the Samsung Media Hub launches in the coming months, you’ll be able to download premium movies and TV shows right to the Epic 4G from “the biggest names in entertainment” (that’s one way to light a fire under Netfilx). In the meantime, you’ll be able to surf the Web at 4G speeds in 32 cities and counting, snap 5-MP pictures and record 720p videos, and play games using the six-axis motion sensor. Like the Evo 4G, you’ll be able to make Qik video calls using the front-facing camera, as well as use the device as a mobile hotspot (connecting up to 5 devices to the Evo’s 8).
Lacking is an HDMI port but at least there’s DLNA technology on board, which leverages the Epic’s 802.11n radio to share music, pictures, and video to connected HDTVs and other home electronics gear. More specs, another photo, and other details below.
Samsung covers the social networking and business bases, respectively, with its Social Hub (integrating your messages with e-mail, calendars, and contacts) and support for Exchange ActiceSync and enhanced device management. The Epic features a 1-GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor and 16GB of included memory on a microSD card.
What remains to be seen is how the Epic’s TouchWiz 3.0 interface stacks up against HTC’s Sense on the Evo 4G, and how good that slide-out keyboard is. Or is having a physical keyboard on a 4-inch display overkilly? Those who don’t feel like pecking away can use the pre-installed Swype keyboard. Sprint isn’t announcing availability or pricing yet, but those who want to pre-register for more info can head over to www.sprint.com/epic4g.
Samsung Epic Specs
- 3G/4G capability
- Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor
- 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive display with pinch-to-zoom
- Google full HTML browser – bandwidth and quality that rival that of netbooks
- Android 2.1, with access to more than 50,000 apps on Android Market™
- Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while talking
- Google™ mobile services including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Google Talk™, Gmail™, YouTube™ , and syncs with Google Calendar™
- Visual voicemail
- Messaging – personal and business email and text messaging, as well as IM through a downloadable Android Market app
- 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability – connects up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices
- 4G data speeds (WiMAX) – peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps
- 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) – peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps
- Dual camera: 5 MP camera/camcorder with autofocus, Power LED flash and 3x digital zoom for HD video (720p) recording for capture and playback on an HD television and front facing VGA camera for video chat and more
- Qik video application for video chat service and live video sharing
- High-quality video streaming and downloads at 3G and 4G data speeds
- Samsung’s exclusive AllShare service to wirelessly share stored music, pictures and HD video to other DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified™ home electronics, including HDTVs, monitors, digital cameras, printers and more.
- Samsung Social Hub integrates all of the user’s social networking services, messages, personal and business email, calendars and contacts, and can display calendar information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar and social networking services together in one view with two-way synchronization
- Future access to the Samsung Media Hub, a full library of video and literary content powered by some of the biggest names in entertainment
- Media player with 3.5mm stereo headset jack
- Sprint applications including Sprint Football Live, Sprint Navigation Sprint TV®, and NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM
- Bluetooth® 2.1 with A2DP Stereo and EDR
- Built-in WiFi®: 802.11 b/g/n
- Digital compass, six-axis motion sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS
- Expandable memory: 16 GB microSD card included; supports up to 32 GB
- Dimensions: 4.9 inches 2.54 inches x 0.56 inches (124.8 mm x 64.6 mm x 14.2 mm) (LxWxT)
- Weight: 5.46 ounces (155 grams)
- Battery: Standard removable 1500mAh Lithium (Li-on) battery
- Memory: 1 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM