Aug 30 AT 9:38 PM Nick Gray 26 Comments

A closer look at the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G Touch

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The Samsung Galaxy S II has landed. You’ve probably seen the official press release from Samsung already, but we thought we would give you a closer look at the Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Touch.  Sprint’s variant of the Galaxy S II features a beautiful 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display and a body that’s only 9.59mm thick. Powering the handset is Samsung’s Exynos 1.2GHz dual-core processor which has already proven to be one of the most powerful and battery efficient processors on the market.

Other specs on the Samsung Epic 4G Touch include a 4G WiMax Radio, 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture and LED flash, front-facing 2 megapixel camera, 16 GB internal storage, Bluetooth 3.0, 6.66Wh  battery, an array of light, proximity, and g-sensors and a fancy new notification LED.

On the software side, the Epic 4G Touch runs Android 2.3.4 with the latest version of Samsung TouchWiz and will ship with quite a large collection of add-on apps and services. Samsung Media Hub, Kies Air, Swype, NOVA 2 HD, Polaris Office, Sprint ID and Sprint’s WiFi calling should be enough to make most Android fans have a heart attack. That being said, reports from across the blogosphere all agree that the phone doesn’t  suffer from all the bloatware.

Multiple reports claim that the Samsung Epic 4G Touch is quick and smooth when switching between home screens, launching apps, playing games, or watching HD videos. It’s nice to see that Samsung’s Exynos 1.2GHz dual-core processor can handle anything users can throw at it – even with all the extra “features” that carriers like to tack on.

On the hardware side, the Epic 4G Touch simply looks amazing. The curved edges and slim body are certainly pleasing to the eye.  Unfortunately there is little praise for how the phone actually feels when you pick it up. The phone is a lot lighter than it looks and the back cover will probably remind most of the same cheap plastic found on the original Samsung Galaxy S.

Priced at $199, the Samsung Epic 4G Touch is destined to be one of the hottest phones on Sprint’s network once it shows up in stores on September 16th. We’re not sure how many Epic 4G owners will be willing to give up their hardware keyboard for a touch-only device, but we’d imagine there are a few HTC EVO 4G users who are itching for an upgrade.

Are any of you planning on buying the Samsung Epic 4G Touch? Let us know what phone you’re planning to ditch to get your greasy fingers all over the 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display of the Epic 4G Touch.

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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