Sprint Epic 4G

Finally, we have a launch date for the Sprint Epic 4G. (See our hands-on here.) The keyboarded version of the Samsung Galaxy S will be available Aug. 31 for $249.99 after two-year contract and $100 rebate. You can reserve yours starting Friday at Sprint.com/epic4g and pick it up in a Sprint store. It's launching with Android 2.1, which we already knew, and will be updated to Android 2.2 in the coming months.

Full presser after the break. [Sprint]

Update: Want to reserve an Epic 4G? Give this link a shot. Thanks, cellman

Update 2: Radio Shack says it's taking preorders on Friday. Thanks, hampstenj

Sprint expands device leadership with the launch of Samsung Epic 4G, Debuting on Aug. 31; Sprint’s Galaxy S Smartphone Boasts Blazing 4G Speeds, QWERTY Keyboard and Brilliant Super AMOLED Touchscreen

New reservation system begins Aug. 13 for Samsung Epic 4G at www.sprint.com/epic4g

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Aug. 12, 2010 – The wait is almost over! Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced pricing and availability for America’s first 4G-capable phone with a full QWERTY keyboard and brilliant Super AMOLED touchscreen, Samsung Epic™ 4G, bringing customers an all-in-one device for staying connected, getting work done and enjoying the latest in entertainment while on-the-go. Samsung Epic 4G is the only 4G Galaxy S™ smartphone and the only one to offer a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung Epic 4G will be available beginning Tuesday, Aug. 31, in all Sprint retail channels, including Sprint.com, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and national retail partners, RadioShack, Best Buy and Walmart, with Sprint Stores opening at 8 a.m. local time. It will cost $249.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement, after a $100 mail-in rebate (taxes excluded).

For the first time ever, Sprint is offering customers a unique opportunity to reserve Samsung Epic 4G for purchase. Customers can reserve their smartphone for purchase at www.sprint.com/epic4g beginning Friday, Aug. 13., while supplies last. Customers who reserve Samsung Epic 4G will be able to complete their purchase beginning Tuesday, Aug. 31, and must complete their purchase no later than 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Through the reservation process, customers will be able to reserve their devices online, pick them up in a Sprint Store, and receive the full retail experience, including Sprint’s Ready Now service.

“With its beautiful display and slide-out keyboard, Samsung Epic 4G is a powerful tool for our customers, and it extends Sprint’s 4G leadership with a second strong smartphone option,” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. “As we continue to lead the 4G revolution, we are proud to offer our customers two 4G smartphones, the Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot and several 4G USB modems to access the fast speeds on our 4G network in more than 48 cities today. 4G enhances entertainment, gaming and business applications.”

Powered by the Android™ 2.1 operating system, Samsung Epic 4G is part of a new breed of Samsung smartphones offering the best in screen, speed and content quality for a premium user experience, and offers a fully integrated multimedia, messaging and social networking experience. It features an exceptionally thin smartphone design with a slide-out, full QWERTY keyboard and 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display supporting a series of advanced touchscreen gestures, including multi-touch pinch, long tap and zoom and vertical and horizontal swiping.
Samsung Epic 4G is the only 4G smartphone to offer three fast and easy ways to enter text onto the device – a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, virtual keyboard and Swype technology, which allows users to input text faster and more intuitively with one continuous finger motion across the virtual keyboard.

Additional industry-leading features:
Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor supports amazing 3-D graphics, faster upload and download times and the full richness of HD-like multimedia content
Dual camera: 5 MP camera/camcorder with autofocus, power LED flash and 4x digital zoom for photos and HD video1 (720p) video recording, as well as a front-facing VGA camera for video chat and more
Visual Voicemail
Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience
Android Market for access to more than 65,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
Wi-Fi® b/g/n
1500 mAh removable battery

A Movie Theater in Your Hand
When Samsung Media Hub launches on Samsung Epic 4G, it will be the first and only 4G handset to feature a video store with movies and TV shows available for purchase or rental and video content set up for an HD-like entertainment experience on a handset screen. With 4G from Sprint, users will be able to get turbo-charged downloads of a full library of video and literary content powered by some of the biggest names in entertainment.

Samsung Epic 4G will also share user-generated video content with other devices thanks to Samsung’s exclusive AllShare service. AllShare wirelessly shares stored music, pictures and HD video to other DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified™ home electronics, including HDTVs, monitors, digital cameras, printers and more. Through AllShare, users will be able to capture moments with the phone’s camera and camcorder and wirelessly show them to friends or family on their DLNA-certified HDTV or download music from a PC to Samsung Epic 4G and take it on the road.

Ideal for Gaming
Samsung Epic 4G’s brilliant Super AMOLED touchscreen display offers the best representation of color on a mobile phone that matches original content more than 100 times the contrast quality of other leading displays. It also features faster response time, which reduces “ghosting” images, wide viewing angles to prevent blurring or distortion and a thinner design to offer more accurate and responsiveness to touch.

In addition to the dynamic screen, Samsung Epic 4G’s six-axis motion sensing uses an accelerometer and geo-magnetic sensor to fine-tune its ability to interpret simple movements and provide an optimal gaming experience. When the phone tilts up and down or left and right, the game can immediately respond in the same direction.

A demo of Asphalt 5, a popular racing game, is preloaded exclusively on Samsung Epic 4G allowing users to take full advantage of these advanced gaming capabilities.

Tremendous 4G Tool for Business
Samsung Epic 4G is designed to deliver one of the best multimedia experiences for business users in several vertical industries, such as healthcare, education, public safety, construction and professional services, through superior speed and display innovation. It offers support for push email and integrated calendar services, including Exchange ActiveSync, Google™ and Yahoo!®, as well as full support for Google Mobile Services.

With Android’s open-software platform, businesses can benefit from several productivity-enhancing applications available in Android Market™, including bar code scanning, signature capture, document viewing and the ability to stream and upload video for customer approval and archival purposes.

Android 2.2
Sprint plans to upgrade Samsung Epic 4G to Android 2.2 in the coming months. With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improved EAS support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x support, voice dialing over Bluetooth® and application storage on external memory.

Worry-Free Pricing
In order to provide the best experience, Samsung Epic 4G will use Sprint’s industry-leading Everything Data or Business Advantage Messaging and Data plans, which include unlimited Web, texting and calling on the Nationwide Sprint Network to every mobile in America with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM. Everything Data plans start at $69.99 per month. A $10 per month required Premium Data add-on will allow customers to take advantage of a richer data experience than ever before.

Additionally, an optional pricing add-on will turn Samsung Epic 4G into a mobile hotspot connecting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, gaming devices and digital cameras, simultaneously at 4G speeds where available and at 3G speeds anywhere on the Sprint 3G network for just $29.99 per month (excludes surcharges and taxes).

With the Sprint Free Guarantee, customers can take advantage of Samsung Epic 4G for 30 days. If not completely satisfied, customers may return the device within 30 days to get reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get both the early termination and restocking fees waived, and receive a full refund for the monthly service plan charges.2

Blazing trails with Sprint 4G
Samsung Epic 4G joins a powerful list of 4G-capable devices from the only national wireless provider to offer 4G service today. Sprint 4G offers a faster wireless experience than any other U.S. national wireless carrier, and Sprint is the only national carrier offering wireless 4G service today in 48 markets. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G3, giving Samsung Epic 4G the fastest data speeds of any U.S. wireless device available today.

As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Sprint currently offers 4G service in these markets: California – Merced, Modesto, Stockton and Visalia; Delaware – Wilmington; Florida – Jacksonville; Georgia – Atlanta and Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu and Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Michigan – Grand Rapids; Missouri – Kansas City and St. Louis; New York – Rochester and Syracuse; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon – Eugene, Portland and Salem; Pennsylvania – Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Reading and York; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco and Wichita Falls; Utah – Salt Lake City; Virginia – Richmond; Washington – Bellingham, Seattle, Tri-Cities and Yakima. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

In 2010, Sprint expects to launch 4G service in multiple markets, including Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.1 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.


1 HD video recording – Capture photos and videos for playback on your HD television.
2 Refund excludes usage not associated with the monthly service plan, premium content, third-party billing, international charges and associated taxes and Sprint surcharges.
3 “Up to 10x faster” based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary. Sprint 4G currently available in more than 45 markets and counting, and on select devices. See www.sprint.com/4G for details. Not all services are available on 4G and coverage may default to 3G/separate network where 4G is unavailable.


Reader comments

Sprint Epic 4G available Aug. 31, presale Aug. 13, $249 after contract and rebate


I hate when people say, "first". Very immature.
Anyway, this phone should be awesome. $50 more than the EVO is questionable but understandable at the same time. It's better in almost everyway except that it doesn't have an HDMI out and is .3 inches smaller screen wise. Other than that it's better in everyway. It's going to be a tough decision come November for my yearly upgrade.

Nor does it have a kickstand, nor HTC Sense. Being a slider, I believe it is thicker and also heavier. But it looks like a very decent phone to me. I think having more choice is wonderful.

$50 more? I don't see why that is questionable (and look how many people below are complaining!) You are all people that would pay $1160 in just the first year alone for an Evo and monthly services... then probably another $50 - $100 for a case, extra battery, apps, headset, whatever. And are phased by $50 more?????

Correction $950 a year plus tax minus any monthly discounts you might qualify for. I get 25% off my monthly statement.

I'm Fine with paying more but as a business owner I think the strategy is far from smart the extra $50 makes new (not upgrade) customer think twice about switching. With the EVO you see your new subscriber growth is up and this is from a great phone at a common high end phone price $199. But instead of building on that you make a decision that people will really question. Your looking at $350 w/tax $375ish up front(damn now that i"m looking at it I question it) for a phone. Maybe If you dont wanna take the price down do instant rebate and do 250 upfront no mail in needed, that will satisfy current and new customers and put you higher is customer satisfaction and the recognition that a major cell company a instant rebate on a flagship phone. Sprint Holla at me if you need some marketing strategies..FOR REAL

If it is anything like the Captivate, Vibrant, and i9000 (why wouldn't it be?) then Samsung sells an adapter that uses the Micro USB to HDMI. It is a little on the spendy side though (49.99) and it is never in stock, but at least it is there. So that means it has the headphone jack to RCA vid out, DLNA wirelessly out, and now Micro USB to HDMI. That is a lot of options for a phone.

Finally, a release date, i jus reserved mine, since im a premier customer, time 2 sell my evo, anybody in the houston, texas area WANT TO BUY AN EVO! HIT ME UP WIT A REPLY TO THIS COMMENT 4 DA DETAILS!

i don't like the pricing folks... i'll tell ya people have a barrier set at $210 on a phone, this one isn't going to sell well at that price IMO

although i DO like Sprint doing reservations

yeah...are there ANY other smartphones that are above $200 right now (minus the 32GB you-know-what)? I guess the Dell Streak...but I don't know if that's a smartphone...actually I have no idea WHAT that is.

Personally, I don't need a physical keyboard (which also makes it chunky) and I much prefer Sense to Samsung's UI. Add Evo's bigger screen to the mix and the cheaper price and I'd say Evo over Epic easily.

Sprint always charges a little more for their handsets at first than others. I guess they want to make up the gap on the lower service fees. I might wait till it dips below $199 on some sort of deal. Plus I can wait till Froyo too.

well my friend you going to be waiting for a while look at the palm pre, is almost free every where else but sprint, in fact they are still charging like 149.00 for the pre, so you get the point here.

now thats the one million dollar question here ( a working GPS )i had the vibrant for like a week and let me tell guys it is not pretty, even with the so call work around the xda guys did to get it to work better it do not work either, if Samsung don't fix this GPS issues before the release date, we going to see a high return rate on this epic.

ugh expensive, but it's a small price to pay, I suppose. I CAN'T WAIT TILL SEPT 1ST! THAT'S MY UPGRADE DAY! HUZZAH! TIme to pre-order on friday, then I suppose!

What made them wait so long to announce it?

if you reserve your phone through sprint, you can pick it up on the 1st up until 6:00pm without losing your pre-order.

exactly, I bet by October you'll see Amazon having the Epic in a more reasonable price point. it may not be all the way down to $70, but I could see the other retailers go $199 REAL REAL fast on this one folks.

well the $249 price will make it an easier decision for some who cant decide on evo or epic. That extra $50 will be the final feature to contemplate..and in the words of the great movie GoodFellas.."You wanna slide out keyboard? F-U PAY ME!..You Wanna Better Screen? F-U PAY ME!..You Think You Can Trade Ya EVO back for My EPIC? F-U Pay Me!!(and the 35 restocking fee) I'm all in though

Radio shack phone trade in program can help drop the price..I am Going to reserve at both sprint and radio shack

And sprint should push the date up cause the price will turn off people as discussed in my earlier post..so they wont run out of phones..Think about it sprint think about it...But all jokes aside dont lose potential new customers from other carriers for $50. You were on a roll with evo now kill the buzz and hype for your new great phone faster than it was built.

i'm telling you sprint is just not too business oriented, they just can not make the right decision when it comes to add new customer.

It is a purely business oriented decision and done by people who do market testing, not by people who just talk about their own issues on boards.
I think the price is more oriented to new customers than existing ones. I also think it has to do with differentiating and adding value over the epic over the evo.

Yeup, you nailed That one perfectly. I was contemplating whether to get the Evo or Epic. And that $250 price tag has me going to the Evo. I also *really* like how HTC is supporting the Evo. It already has Froyo, the 2nd phone to get it behind the N1. Not only that but HTC really does listen to their customers. They had SD card problems, so they fixed that, wifi, touchscreen issues, and Exchange upgrade; there's an update for that, and now Froyo was the cherry on top for me. I want to believe that Samsung will do the same, but I just can't see that happening. I also don't really need a hardware keyboard considering how big the screen is on the Evo. I've tested out the keyboard, its phenomenal. Hopefully the Evo will get Gingerbread too, as I'm almost sure it will. This is great HTC. Keep up the fantastic work!!!

I was thinking about making the jump from Tmob to Sprint for this phone but the $250 price tag has me hesitant. I think i can stay with tmob for a while longer.

Wonder if Best Buy is going to do the no mail in rebate needed like they did with the EVO. Any word on Best Buy preorders?

strange... the Sprint page reverted back to "Coming Soon"...
But I did see the 20th date also. Either way, I got my reservation in!! That software updated bricking my Evo finally paid off

A $250 price tag sounds normal from a samsung device goin on sprint. I believe the Instink was a little more expensive than the average phone is it's class. Also when they released the terrible instink hd, it was way more expensive than any phone out at that time. Same phone as the original instink but with hdmi. Now that I think of it, the epic's form factor reminds me of the instink hd's. Whatever though, I think samsung now has a winner and I hope it does well.

In going to Sprint's site to make my reservation (I can't wait... upgrading from a Pre), and upon seeing the high qual pick noticed how many lights/sensors it has up top on the front, besides of course the camera. Has anyone read if it has a notification light?

Themselves. Samsung is the manufacturer who is "out of stock" most likely because they're making an ass-ton of their own devices with the screens.

I also was going 2 upgrade From T-Mobile.But ill wait till the price goes down.I Really like this phone alot though.

The Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G is the top dog of smartphone's on Sprint's network. It's going to get really interesting to see how it does when it is available on the 31st of August. But I think it will sale very well it's first month. Your paying an extra $50.00 for the qwerty physical keyboard which I really love that it has this option. Personally, I think the Touchwiz UI is a lot better than HTC Sence UI. Unfortunately, I have to wait until October 1st for mine because that's when we are eligible for the new upgrade.

I'm still definitely going to buy, as options with a physical keyboard are limited.

I am slightly annoyed with the $50, but whatcha gunna do? I'm going to lose out on more than that, with whatever I decide to do with my Evo.

The other is the storage. 16gb microSD instead of onboard. I don't know if someone made the choice to remove it, or what. But, it definitely would of been better with onboard + microSD.. like the rest.

Launching with 2.1? The new Droid2 is launching with 2.2 and is only what $199.99? The EVO now has 2.2. So pay $50.00 extra for a keyboard with older software? After taxes,a car charger,case,screen protector..You are well over $300.00! Hmmnn with the poor economy.. Wonder if that is such a smart move.. This will be the most expensive android phone out there.. I really wanted this phone...But there is no way the wife will let me drop $300.00 for a phone!! Looks like Evo for me when the time comes(if I can find one).

in the end the extra $50 is for the top dog of the GALAXY S Line. Each carrier obviously had input about the design of their variant(isnt that the name of one of the phones! jk)Sprint had them include 4G radio, qwerty, and front camera. So if you compare it to the rest of the GALAXY S line $50 is a steal. Remember this is launch price, you pay to play early. the dell streak on att will be $300 in the end it's all about the Sprint rep and how they can sell it. It does however create hesitaion for ppl who just see a quick add and dont look further to see where their money goes... so in that respect the $50 is a huge factor, they should make it cheaper for folks who jump ship from another carrier... ill be pre ordering mine from the shack on fri!!!! EPIC

I'm glad this is coming out. Other people like keyboards and others don't. And is anybody else sick of the Sprint Evo and Sprint Epic fights???? I'm so sick of people comparing which one is better. You want a standard phone get the Evo, want a powerhouse phone built for games get the epic. They are both SPRINTS PHONES, so why are people fighting over 2 great phones, stop pinning sprint against sprint and start pinning sprint against other carriers.

I just reserved mine through Sprint. Can't wait to ditch my pre for this phone. I'm gonna reserve at R.S. & B.B. As well then wait to see which one offers the better deal!!!!!!!!!! I'm excited.....lol

The price is a sticking point, plus waiting, plus older software.
The weight is still less than the EVO, while it is slightly thicker and longer.
There is a USB to HDMI cable, so the only thing "better" about the Evo is the larger screen.
It still doesn't make sense that there are other Galaxy S phones for $49 and $149 that only lack the flash, qwerty, and front facing camera while this device costs so much.
Is it a 16GB microsd? If so, not bad.

I agree with what deaofly said about how he is sick of people trying to compare if one is better. The Epic 4G and the Evo 4G are both really good smartphones and it's going to come down to personal preference. Rather you want one with a sliding keyboard or you don't want one with a sliding keyboard. Maybe you prefer HTC Sence UI or Samsung TouchWiz 3.0. As Android fanatics lets be behind both of these great smartphones because at the end of the day it is just a phone. As for me I prefer the Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G.

my question is this epic phone with only 512 of internal memory, is it going to run as smooth as the vibrant that have 16 gb of internal memory? i would like to know this, because i used the vibrant and that phone was really smooth, i only return it because tmobile network is very weak around my area plus the GPS is crap, it don't work i hope the epic uses a different one if not then Houston we have a problem, i guess my question is do the internal memory has anything to do on how the phone work?

there's a difference between internal memory and storage. all the galaxy S phones have the same internal memory (the stuff that makes it run smooth) the storage is just if you prefer hard wired or removable. like the DVR vs DVD

thanks for the info, but not all the galaxy s phone have the same internal memory in fact the epic has the least amount of internal memory of all, with that been said, does it make it difference in terms of the way the phone runs?

I just checked and it has 512mb RAM and 2gb ROM. Now with it having 512mb that works with the phone and os then it work run very smooth as long as the software was built to run smooth with both the CPU and RAM. Now with the 2gb Rom, that's how much space you have on the phone to store things like, apps, pics, vids, music, games and so forth. The Epic has 512 RAM, which is dedicated to the phones os. I hope that helps your question.

Wait does it have 2gb Rom or 16gb Rom? Wikipedia says 2gb but others are saying 16gb. Not sure but 512mb is plenty for RAM on any phone, but I also heard that the epic is laggy at times. So it might be software. We will have to wait and see how well they polished the epic. Please no Evo Hatters cuz the Epic is coming out. Be greatfull that Sprint is pulling out better phones then its competitors.

Oh ok. I haven't paid much attention to the epic only due to me checking up on the Froyo evo release, lol now its out we can move onto the epic and get some Great Froyo 2.2 on that phone. I still don't know why after all this time the epic will only have 2.1, I really hope they roll 2.2 out for it soon. I'm loving it on my evo and i Know any epic owner would to.