Aug 30 AT 9:38 PM Nick Gray 26 Comments

A closer look at the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G Touch


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. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • FireFrost

    I’m so torn! On one hand, my trusty HTC Hero that has served me well for nearly 2 years can finally retire for this beast, but I’ve been wanting a pure Android phone as well. I’ve almost bitten the bullet on the G2 for T-Mo and the Nexus S for Sprint. But, wondering if the Nexus Prime will have the same specs as the Epic 4G Touch and a simple root to get ICS will be all that is needed? ARGH, I can’t decide. I’m just gonna wait for the Prime and then decide.

    • Nate B.

      You won’t make a mistake if you choose the Epic Touch. Waiting will be a good thing to. Even though the phone will be a tad bit in comfort mode after waiting, it’ll still be one of the best phones until a successor comes out. This will have a lovely community with XDA. The UK version already does.

      I told myself I wasn’t going to, but I am going to buy this along side my NS4G. Only because I know it will get the IC update, even though I want to experience on the Nexus 3.

    • triangle

      I’m with you. This will definitely be the best phone on Sprint when it launches and I would love to get it. But I just wonder what the Nexus Prime is going to bring.

    • Rob

      I’m absolutely with you. I’m on my Hero, too. Thing is, I think a 4.5 inch screen is just too big. I’m a dude; I put my phone in my pocket. I don’t want to have to think twice when buying jeans because of the phone I use, ya know?

  • VonLaserface

    I’m selling my Evo 3D the night before, paying full retail for this the next morning and taking a half day at work to get it loaded up with the usual goodies.

    • RockinEvo

      Well, you know where to post ya experience when u do get it.

    • Rich

      I was waiting for the SGS2 announcement to decide if I am upgrading from a Evo 4g to the SGS2 or the Evo 3D. After seeing the specs I will most certainly go for the 3D. I don’t care about the 3D capabilities of the screen or video shooting, but the screen resolution alone is enough for me to pass on the SGS2. A 4.5″ screen with 800×480 resolution is only 200ppi on the SGS2. The 3D has qHD 256ppi and that is more than enough to see the difference. Things are going to look BAD on the SGS2, it is coming to market with a lower resolution than my current Evo 4g. Going to have to give up some negligible camera resolution for a much better screen and the absolute bulletproof quality/reliability of HTC devices.

      I’m honestly surprised that Samsung came to market with a 4.5″ phone that doesn’t even have at least a qHD display.

      • Andy in Indy

        I have used a 7″ tablet with the same WVGA resolution and the display quality was acceptable. The WVGA will still produce nice video and gaming displays, especially at 4.5″.

        • Nick Gray

          Not to get off topic, but which tablet do your have with that low resolution? The HTC Flyer, Galaxy Tab and Nook Color all feature 1024×600 resolution on their 7-inch displays.

  • Richard Yarrell

    This definitely looks great beautiful device without any question. Current Epic 4g owners better hop on this one it would be crazy to allow this to slip away. I applaud Samsung for there consistent desire for innovation this is what makes competition great the customer at the end of the benefits. I also applaud sprint with there proper pricing focusing on affordability for there customers. No question the best dualcore line up resides on sprint. Case closed.

    • RockinEvo

      I agree that price tag alone can swing a lot of Android fans n new to Android flocking to it. Imma def try it out but will hold of to close of the end of yr, had to many phones so I milk the Evo till I retire it.

    • Sean the Electrofreak

      Okay, saying that current Epic 4G owners should hop on it is pretty naive.

      I’m an Epic 4G phone owner, and a big reason I bought the phone was for the hardware keyboard. This successor has no hardware keyboard, and thus they’re marketing to a different crowd.

      The only reason this phone is called Epic is because the name of the phone is too good to let go without using again.

  • Interpol91

    I’m getting tired of my Samsung Epic 4G and this phone sure is looking good. However, I don’t want to be relying on SamSprint to release any Android updates. Please show some Nexus love this year!!

    • Sean the Electrofreak

      As a fellow Epic 4G owner, I agree completely… I want my next phone to be a Google phone so I don’t have to put up with the snails pace on updates. We’re still (officially) on Froyo, and while the ROM community is making do with Gingerbread leaks and a broken CM7 port (because Samsung still hasn’t released Gingerbread source code so the devs can fix CM7), a lot of other phones out there are already rocking Gingerbread stock.

      I like my hardware keyboard though. I think it’s a shame that the Epic successor doesn’t have a keyboard.

  • Gabe

    What?! Is that a notification LED light at the top right of the phone??..

    • HiyaBuddy

      I wish it were but probably some sort of charging led like on the nexus one. That being said, however, I’m sure someone will find a workaround to make it a notification LED.

      • bon

        That IS notification led.

    • Sean the Electrofreak

      All Sprint phones have a notification LED.

  • Ismael J. Rodriguez

    Sadly, I’m nowhere near my next update, but that does leave me with time to see how the Nexus Prime turns out, assuming that Sprint gets it eventually. Though honestly, I’m not sure how much better they can make it out to be after this.

  • HiyaBuddy

    This sounds like a beast for specs and they look good on paper but remember the nexus prime is (hopefully)around the corner. That resolution though it doesn’t sound like it will work with the display size, but the gorgeous colors of the super amoled plus display will more than make up for the resolution. I would like to see Samsung speak out that their super amoled plus kicks the next iphone display’s ass like they did last year when they compared their super amoled to the retina and said that the contrast ratios were incredible versus the latter. So glad I recently switched to Sprint from tmobile, I definitely wanna take a look at this when it comes out in stores.

  • Alex Nguyen

    I’m glad that the variants stayed true to the original in terms of general design, most hardware, and software. Each has their own appeal, but I think Sprint and T-Mobile got the better variants. More on how I feel about each carriers’ respective Galaxy S II on my blog:

  • Nathan

    I think all of them are nice to look at

  • Me

    Looks like ATT and Tmobile skimped out on notification lights :(

  • Mozes

    Does anyone know if this will be GSM compatible? I hate having to switch phones every time I leave the US :(

    • Nick Gray

      Probably not. The official spec list made no mention of this being an international phone and did not have any reference to a GSM chip.

  • Cwalden21

    Definitely been waiting a long time but i think i’m gonna have to snatch this thing up! hopefully they dont sell out first day!