Jul 27 AT 10:01 AM Nick Gray 32 Comments

Samsung Epic 4G spec sheet finally surfaces

Those looking forward to the Samsung Epic 4G will probably be pleased to hear that the phone’s full spec sheet has finally been leaked.  We’ve known about the basics like the 4 inch Super AMOLED display, five row QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, LED  flash and 720p HD video recording for quite some time.  The leaked specs help fill in the gaps, revealing 1GB of ROM, 512 MB of RAM, 1500 mAh battery, six-axis motion sensor, and a few other details.

Since the phone’s announcement, we have been wondering what the size difference would be between the Epic 4G and the other Galaxy S phones. The Epic 4G measures in at 124.8 x 64.6 x 14.2 which isn’t too much larger than the original Galaxy S which measures 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm.  Overall, the only noticeable size increase is the extra 4.3mm added to the phone’s thickness to accommodate the QWERTY keyboard.

Like the other Galaxy S handsets in the U.S. market, the Epic 4G will be running on Android 2.1 with Touch Wiz 3.0 and will feature the typicall Google services and applications.  What really makes the Epic stand out though is the full QWERTY and the retention of the front facing VGA camera.

Sprint is trying to differentiate their Android phones from the rest of the crowd and they are the only carrier to offer Android phones with front-facing cameras. How many of you would actually be willing to switch over to Sprint’s 4G network and pay the premium $10 fee in order to get your hands on the Samsung Epic 4G?

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Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website Jon

    These two videos from Phandroid show the Epic has an LED notification light too:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/phandroid#p/u/19/dzHR9_Ocu74
    http://www.youtube.com/user/phandroid#p/u/21/zlWhWneMYrU

    It seems Sprint went the extra mile to include many features Samsung left out of the original. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Epic.

  • http://Website joeskie

    I definitly would not switch over. Its cool how they have the front-facing camera and all but I’m not ready to pay extra money for a feature pre-built into a phone. Not to mention, after that post of tmobiles 3g speed speed being 4 times faster and having more high-speed data coverage and tmo does not charge extra 4 these things. Don’t get me wrong, I got a huge bonner when I see the specs on this device especially that 5 row qwerty, jesus, but its not enough to get me to bend over backwards, harder.

    • http://Website QuakingBear

      I think this phone has everything I’ve absolutely been waiting for and could be a real power user’s dream. I’m on AT&T and have a N1 and would like to get rid of both, but am nervous about being locked into Sprint’s future devices. Plus, Tmobs will probably have the best network by year’s end. Wish this was coming to there too Samsung…

    • http://Website Gee

      EPRP: 500 minutes for land line calls and unlimited mobile minutes, true unlimited data with 4G, unlimited texting, free 7PM night and weekends. All for $69.99 ($59.99 + $10). Or you can get a regular 450 minute ED plan for $69.99 plus the $10 for $79.99.

      Tell me how that isn’t worth it?

      • http://www.myspace.com/hermyhalloween hermyhalloween

        …because the nearest 4g coverage is 2 hours away.
        …because I live in a small city and likely wont be covered for another 8 to 12 months.
        …because 4g is only in a few cities in 17 out of 50 states or, specifically, 44 cities out of about 19,000 in USA.

        …but most importantly, because I don’t elect to use 4g but I want this phone.

        • http://Website Gee

          So instead you’ll either get less, pay more, or probably a combination of both at T-Mobile. Good for you.

        • http://Website nuttes

          uh you ARE aware that Sprint is constantly installing 4G towers all over the country, right? ok well if you weren’t, they are. what, you didn’t seriously think they’d leave it with only 20 or so major cities, did you? because if you did, you’re very new to wireless networks

    • http://Website nuttes

      T-Mobile might be faster, but it took them forever to get data, and depending on where you live you could get completely terrible coverage from them. Where I live, Sprint reigns king, followed by AT&T and Verizon neck and neck, and then T-Mobile trails way behind. Also, for me Sprint’s premium for 4G isn’t that big a deal as it’s guaranteed to still be cheaper than T-Mobile as I have a corporate discount for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, but not T-Mobile.

  • http://Website Mark

    I almost switched, but when the Vibrant came out I decided to stay with Tmobile for another two years. I am still a bit perturbed that I didn’t wait for a FFC, but in the end I am just waiting for 2.2 either way for the tethering. PDAnet is really not living up to my expectations. Unless someone has another idea for USB/ hotspot tethering with the Vibrant….

  • http://Website Jason H

    I’d get the Epic 4G in a heartbeat, but I’m under contract with Verizon with my Motorola Droid. This is an awesome smartphone, nice keyboard, awesome screen. Though I haven’t seen any mention if Samsung has intentions of upgrading it to 2.2 later in the year.

    • Nick Gray

      Samsung has mentioned that they are planning on rolling out Froyo to all their Galaxy S phones in Q4 of 2010. Don’t worry, it’s coming.

  • http://Website Fujitsujeff

    The ffc, was not a big deal to me, the keyboard was, however after getting the vibrant and getting use to swyping, I can honestly say I don’t miss a physical keyboard at all. The LED notification would have been helpful though

  • http://Website Derek

    Any timeframe for this to hit sprint stores??

  • http://Website matt L

    Yep… I want this puppy, although I have 2 concerns will Samsung allow the live wallpapers and how much support will it get? I’d like to see it supported up to at least Gingerbread. hopefully Samsung will try and redeem itself from the behold fiasco. I currently have the Moment now, and will wait till Nov. to get the discount on the EPIC !!!

    I most diffidently want Ginger on my fone. so maybe I’ll have to wait. or hey wait, I see myself rootin it. lol…

    • http://mymytech.com Dan

      yes this phone has many live wallpapers including nexus one design etc

  • http://Website deeb215

    Thought about trading my EVO for this, but I think I’m leaning toward keeping my EVO for the time being. Side note, I’m anxious to see what developers are doing with the ffc additions to the newer devices. We need more/better apps to utilize this nice feature. game on bitches!

  • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

    It’s also worth mentioning that this is the first Galaxy S phone to feature an LED flash.

  • http://Website pqzanana

    I have to say the galaxy s lineup is epic itself however the epic 4g is ths cherry on top, I am not too impressed with the samsung moment nor sprint although I would love to get my hands on the epic I cannot wait for my contract to be up. It just doesn’t seem worth it to renew my contract with the devil to taste the epic besides I not to found of physical keyboards any way.

  • McLovin

    Finally a physical keyboard! When my G-1 contract is up in 6 months this could be the phone for me.

  • http://Website Levi

    I was told by a Sprint person in a store that this will be a “world phone”. This supposedly means that 1, it will be able to use GSM, you just need to insert a SIM and 2, it will come unlocked. If this is true, this is big news.

    • http://Website J

      That would be great; there’s been no CDMA Android world phones yet, but it’s not listed on the spec sheet, so I’d think it’s unlikely. But if it is a World Phone, then I’m in. All in.

      We’re finally getting Android full qwerty keyboards; it’s only a matter of time before HTC puts one out on a CDMA network with a SIM card. I may wait for that.

  • http://www.mobilebrazzer.com Mobile Brazzer

    IF ONLY T-mobile would get this model. It would make a great upgrade from a G1.

    But they would probably ditch the LED and the FFC and goof the keyboard into a 4-row

    its too bad, I really like the looks of this phone.. but Sprint? ehhhhh

  • http://Website jbn

    I find it amusing when people say they wont pay the extra ten bucks but they will pay 30 with any other carrier. I pay 80 a month for unlimited mobile to mobile unlimited data and text, i will get the same coverage wherever verizon has coverage ( roaming in some areas) never a problem with customer service. Hmm so im glad i ditched the overrated and over priced verizon!!

  • http://Website Machika Kara Kuro

    Did anyone notice on how this phone has a 1gb rom while the Tmob version has 16gb. it kinda sounds un fair i mean if they gave 8gb i would understand but the Tmob version would be able to cache and store a lot more on the rom than this one. I may get the vibernt now and then give my self a 512mb swap

  • http://Website plainbrad

    I am considering jumping from T-mobile for this phone. It has everything I am looking for in a smart phone.

  • http://Website madATThem

    Well, I’m more than willing to dump both Nokia and ATT and give in to Sprint’s contract. Even if it means to pay ETF, ten bucks more, and wait till the end of the year for some YMAX love.

    My only problem will be to keep the phone clean because I think I’ll have an orgasm every time I touch it….

  • http://www.yahoo.com jake

    The sprint person is an idiot, GSM and CDMA are two completely different standards operating on different frequencies. Sprint doesn’t use GSM. So far only GSM quad band phones can be called world phones.

    • http://Website Gregg

      Google CDMA World Phone and you will see that there are Dual Mode Quad Band phones that support CDMA and GSM with a SIM Card. Both Sprint and Verizon carry them in the states.
      I doubt the Epic would be a World Phone though as there is no point in hiding that one the Specs. Perhaps there are technical issues with supporting WiMAX, CDMA and GSM on the same phone (tri-mode). But if it is – I’ll ditch my TP2 right away.

  • http://Website Jimmy

    Not true, ATT Backflip open technically makes it a front facing android camera.

  1. JonGuest 5 years ago

    These two videos from Phandroid show the Epic has an LED notification light too:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/phandroid#p/u/19/dzHR9_Ocu74
    http://www.youtube.com/user/phandroid#p/u/21/zlWhWneMYrU

    It seems Sprint went the extra mile to include many features Samsung left out of the original. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Epic.

  2. joeskieGuest 5 years ago

    I definitly would not switch over. Its cool how they have the front-facing camera and all but I’m not ready to pay extra money for a feature pre-built into a phone. Not to mention, after that post of tmobiles 3g speed speed being 4 times faster and having more high-speed data coverage and tmo does not charge extra 4 these things. Don’t get me wrong, I got a huge bonner when I see the specs on this device especially that 5 row qwerty, jesus, but its not enough to get me to bend over backwards, harder.

    • QuakingBearGuest 5 years ago

      I think this phone has everything I’ve absolutely been waiting for and could be a real power user’s dream. I’m on AT&T and have a N1 and would like to get rid of both, but am nervous about being locked into Sprint’s future devices. Plus, Tmobs will probably have the best network by year’s end. Wish this was coming to there too Samsung…

    • GeeGuest 5 years ago

      EPRP: 500 minutes for land line calls and unlimited mobile minutes, true unlimited data with 4G, unlimited texting, free 7PM night and weekends. All for $69.99 ($59.99 + $10). Or you can get a regular 450 minute ED plan for $69.99 plus the $10 for $79.99.

      Tell me how that isn’t worth it?

      • …because the nearest 4g coverage is 2 hours away.
        …because I live in a small city and likely wont be covered for another 8 to 12 months.
        …because 4g is only in a few cities in 17 out of 50 states or, specifically, 44 cities out of about 19,000 in USA.

        …but most importantly, because I don’t elect to use 4g but I want this phone.

        • GeeGuest 5 years ago

          So instead you’ll either get less, pay more, or probably a combination of both at T-Mobile. Good for you.

        • nuttesGuest 5 years ago

          uh you ARE aware that Sprint is constantly installing 4G towers all over the country, right? ok well if you weren’t, they are. what, you didn’t seriously think they’d leave it with only 20 or so major cities, did you? because if you did, you’re very new to wireless networks

    • nuttesGuest 5 years ago

      T-Mobile might be faster, but it took them forever to get data, and depending on where you live you could get completely terrible coverage from them. Where I live, Sprint reigns king, followed by AT&T and Verizon neck and neck, and then T-Mobile trails way behind. Also, for me Sprint’s premium for 4G isn’t that big a deal as it’s guaranteed to still be cheaper than T-Mobile as I have a corporate discount for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, but not T-Mobile.

  3. MarkGuest 5 years ago

    I almost switched, but when the Vibrant came out I decided to stay with Tmobile for another two years. I am still a bit perturbed that I didn’t wait for a FFC, but in the end I am just waiting for 2.2 either way for the tethering. PDAnet is really not living up to my expectations. Unless someone has another idea for USB/ hotspot tethering with the Vibrant….

  4. Jason HGuest 5 years ago

    I’d get the Epic 4G in a heartbeat, but I’m under contract with Verizon with my Motorola Droid. This is an awesome smartphone, nice keyboard, awesome screen. Though I haven’t seen any mention if Samsung has intentions of upgrading it to 2.2 later in the year.

  5. FujitsujeffGuest 5 years ago

    The ffc, was not a big deal to me, the keyboard was, however after getting the vibrant and getting use to swyping, I can honestly say I don’t miss a physical keyboard at all. The LED notification would have been helpful though

  6. DerekGuest 5 years ago

    Any timeframe for this to hit sprint stores??

  7. matt LGuest 5 years ago

    Yep… I want this puppy, although I have 2 concerns will Samsung allow the live wallpapers and how much support will it get? I’d like to see it supported up to at least Gingerbread. hopefully Samsung will try and redeem itself from the behold fiasco. I currently have the Moment now, and will wait till Nov. to get the discount on the EPIC !!!

    I most diffidently want Ginger on my fone. so maybe I’ll have to wait. or hey wait, I see myself rootin it. lol…

  8. deeb215Guest 5 years ago

    Thought about trading my EVO for this, but I think I’m leaning toward keeping my EVO for the time being. Side note, I’m anxious to see what developers are doing with the ffc additions to the newer devices. We need more/better apps to utilize this nice feature. game on bitches!

  9. It’s also worth mentioning that this is the first Galaxy S phone to feature an LED flash.

  10. pqzananaGuest 5 years ago

    I have to say the galaxy s lineup is epic itself however the epic 4g is ths cherry on top, I am not too impressed with the samsung moment nor sprint although I would love to get my hands on the epic I cannot wait for my contract to be up. It just doesn’t seem worth it to renew my contract with the devil to taste the epic besides I not to found of physical keyboards any way.

  11. Finally a physical keyboard! When my G-1 contract is up in 6 months this could be the phone for me.

  12. LeviGuest 5 years ago

    I was told by a Sprint person in a store that this will be a “world phone”. This supposedly means that 1, it will be able to use GSM, you just need to insert a SIM and 2, it will come unlocked. If this is true, this is big news.

    • JGuest 5 years ago

      That would be great; there’s been no CDMA Android world phones yet, but it’s not listed on the spec sheet, so I’d think it’s unlikely. But if it is a World Phone, then I’m in. All in.

      We’re finally getting Android full qwerty keyboards; it’s only a matter of time before HTC puts one out on a CDMA network with a SIM card. I may wait for that.

  13. Mobile BrazzerGuest 5 years ago

    IF ONLY T-mobile would get this model. It would make a great upgrade from a G1.

    But they would probably ditch the LED and the FFC and goof the keyboard into a 4-row

    its too bad, I really like the looks of this phone.. but Sprint? ehhhhh

  14. jbnGuest 5 years ago

    I find it amusing when people say they wont pay the extra ten bucks but they will pay 30 with any other carrier. I pay 80 a month for unlimited mobile to mobile unlimited data and text, i will get the same coverage wherever verizon has coverage ( roaming in some areas) never a problem with customer service. Hmm so im glad i ditched the overrated and over priced verizon!!

  15. Machika Kara KuroGuest 5 years ago

    Did anyone notice on how this phone has a 1gb rom while the Tmob version has 16gb. it kinda sounds un fair i mean if they gave 8gb i would understand but the Tmob version would be able to cache and store a lot more on the rom than this one. I may get the vibernt now and then give my self a 512mb swap

  16. plainbradGuest 5 years ago

    I am considering jumping from T-mobile for this phone. It has everything I am looking for in a smart phone.

  17. madATThemGuest 5 years ago

    Well, I’m more than willing to dump both Nokia and ATT and give in to Sprint’s contract. Even if it means to pay ETF, ten bucks more, and wait till the end of the year for some YMAX love.

    My only problem will be to keep the phone clean because I think I’ll have an orgasm every time I touch it….

  18. jakeGuest 5 years ago

    The sprint person is an idiot, GSM and CDMA are two completely different standards operating on different frequencies. Sprint doesn’t use GSM. So far only GSM quad band phones can be called world phones.

    • GreggGuest 5 years ago

      Google CDMA World Phone and you will see that there are Dual Mode Quad Band phones that support CDMA and GSM with a SIM Card. Both Sprint and Verizon carry them in the states.
      I doubt the Epic would be a World Phone though as there is no point in hiding that one the Specs. Perhaps there are technical issues with supporting WiMAX, CDMA and GSM on the same phone (tri-mode). But if it is – I’ll ditch my TP2 right away.

  19. JimmyGuest 5 years ago

    Not true, ATT Backflip open technically makes it a front facing android camera.