Samsung Epic 4G Boasts Super AMOLED Display and Slide-Out Keyboard, iTunes-Like Video Store Coming

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

Productivity

  • 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

Entertainment

  • 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

Specifications

  • 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



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  1. Kron Says:

    Lacking? LACKING??? Are you NUTZ? “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.”

    Who wants to be restricted to a 6ft HDMI cable distance away from controlling what’s being streamed? When we now have cable boxes, PS3, Xbox360, PSP, our Router connected PC’s w/ DLNA, Boxee, Google TV on the way with DLNA. Who ACTUALLY wants to carry around a anything extra at all? Something to lose, is all it is!

    Here’s my vision as this Very Smartphone (w/same processor as iPhone4, same sixaxis gyro, memory, etc) is going to be able to do some things Apple w/ iPhone4 isn’t going to allow, their version of the Samsung Galaxy S to do!

    1. Although iPhone4 is DNLA compatible (like iPad), it’s locked to only being usable on their devices. How absurd is that?

    2. Epic has not only 3G, but 4G available for everything from controlling your DVR, PC, PS3, HDTV, to controlling the security system on your house. Control your lights, message service via Google Voice. Video conference and display it on your HDTV via it’s DLNA feature or your PS3, Xbox360 or BluRay Player. Control your Samsung HDTV or any brand that uses new WiFi N remote controls w/ an app from Android Market.

    3. Get tired of playing a game on your little screen or iPad (if lame enough to buy a restricted access device) you can play it and control from your Samsung Epic and use a real keyboard, no less. Don’t like physical keyboards for some lame reason? Then use the same sixaxis gyro iPhone4′s use with a better touchscreen.

    4. Don’t like having to use Apple’s iNazi designed control scheme iTunes for music and movie purchases. Unlike iTunes they’ll have HD rentals that can be streamed 4G (or downloaded) faster than on your PC over cable. But if you want…. you can enable WiFi N Hub to download your purchase to your PC for safe keeping and not use so much space on your SD card.

    In fact since Android Phones are all about choice, you can simply pull your SD card out and plug it into your computer, PS3 or PC’s card reader and transfer it that way. Android it’s OPEN like a Window to the World on Sprint’s Epic 4G, the first 4G Phone you don’t have to smudge up the screen to use a keyboard on! ;)

    Imagine the Possibilities and the Freedom from AT&T’s over data rates and being locked down in Steve iHitler Jobs crApple Garden Walled Prison! …iDone see Glory of the coming Sprint 4G…. “At Last”! ^_^

  2. Enrique Crysler Says:

    Thank you for the details, I ‘m truly looking forward to the Samsung Epic 4G, even though I have always been very interested in gizmos, for a long time I have already been searching for my very first smartphone and I did not acquire it yet. The explanations are really simple: each and every couple of months there is a revolution in the industry (hard to consider!) and prices here in Brazil are very abusive. Maybe I would enter this world in wonderful style with a Samsung Epic 4G. I hope so.

  3. wrkiso Says:

    Brilliant device. I looked at the Samsung Epic 4G Review and I must say, it truly is a brilliant device.

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