Did you claim your Sprint Epic 4G yet? Early reservations are now full, so it appears Sprint has another hit on their hands. Hopefully they can actually keep this one in stock, unlike the EVO 4G with all its shortages.
We were lucky enough to receive a demo unit and of course I dove right in and filmed a quick unboxing video. For those of you asleep the last couple of months, the Epic 4G is Sprint’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S with several special additions like a five-row QWERTY keyboard and support for 4G speeds.
Software wise, the Epic 4G is pretty identical to the previous Galaxy S phones with Sprint’s collection of Android exclusive apps thrown in. Check out our Touchwiz 3.0 walkthrough video for an idea of the overall user interface. The Epic 4G still ships with Android 2.1, but Sprint and Samsung are already working on Android 2.2 and we expect a release in the next couple months.
When we talk about the hardware, the Sprint Epic 4G is the best that Android currently has to offer. This phone has the best display technology (Super AMOLED), fastest CPU, fastest GPU (PowerVR SGX540), and all the other bells and whistles you could wish for. About the only hardware feature missing from the Epic that we have seen on other high-end Android phones is HDMI out, but Samsung has included their AllShare app which supports wireless streaming via DLNA and the Galaxy S supports video out via the 3.5 mm headset jack.
If you are concerned about size, the Epic 4G is roughly the same mass as the EVO 4G. It doesn’t feel as big in the hands, but it is a thicker device (similar to the Droid and Droid 2).
For now, enjoy the unboxing video and tune back in for more hands-on reports later this week.
Please submit any questions you might have about the Epic 4G and I’ll upload another video in the next 24 hours to answer as many as I can.
The Sprint Epic 4G will be available for $249 with contract starting August 31st.