Samsung Epic 4G: Android/WiMAX Smartphone released by Sprint
June 28th, 2010 - 10:20 am ET by C. D.
Unofficially seen a few days ago, the Samsung Galaxy S Pro has become the Samsung Epic 4G released by Sprint, with this being the second WiMAX Smartphone released after HTC EVO 4G for their Clearwire network.
The American carrier Sprint has started to release multiple handsets that are compatible with their WiMAX network, taking advantage of the fact their competition is running behind schedule with their competing LTE network (Long Term Evolution) which will soon be available.
After the HTC Evo 4G, the first WiMAX Smartphone released in the United States, it’s now the Samsung Epic 4G which has been made available, enriching Sprint’s range of WiMAX compatible handsets for their Clearwire network.
This handset unofficially appeared a few days ago going by the name Samsung Galaxy S Pro. It once again uses the Android operating systems which Sprint has turned to, with the device following the general line of the Galaxy S range with the addition of a slide out keyboard.
Specifications We find a large 4" multitouch Super AMOLED tactile display on this Android 2.1 device, which will be capable of being updated to Android 2.2 Froyo ( and will therefore support Flash 10.1 ) and the Samsung Social Hub system which brings together a range of information on the one page (SMS, social networks, emails...) related to a contact.
The Samsung Epic 4G also comes with the AllShare service which allows you to broadcast multimedia content to DLNA compatible devices (Digital Living Network Alliance), as well as the Swype technology which allows you to write notes by dragging your finger over a virtual keyboard.
It comes with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 Hummingbird processor (optimised by Intrinsity, a company since purchased by Apple) and a 5 mega pixel camera with LED Flash and the possibility of recording HD 720p video, while the camera on the facade also provides users with the video conferencing feature.
The Samsung Epic 4G is WiFi and Bluetooth compatible, and is capable of working in mobile hotspot mode, rebroadcasting the received 3G signal in the form of WiFi to other devices. It should be noted that it comes with a 6 direction movement sensor, allowing for space controls in the same way as the iPhone 4 with its gyroscope.
This Smartphone, designed for data consumption thanks to its CDMA/WiMAX compatibility and 1500 mAh battery, is also able to work as an office telephone as you can check your emails and connect to instant messaging.
The price and availability of the Samsung Epic 4G/Samsung Galaxy S Pro is still unknown.