Sprint Epic 4G

Behold, the Sprint Epic 4G. It's the Samsung Galaxy S with a keyboard (previously and unofficially dubbed the Galaxy S Pro), the second Wimax device for Sprint (there's that other phone called the Evo 4G) and the first for Samsung. It's got the same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen that we've been dying to get our hands on here in the United States. It's got Android 2.1 and Sammy's custom user interface. It's got 3G and 4G Wifi hotspot access for up to five devices, 802.11 b/g/n/, that 1GHz Hummingbird processor that we're itching to try, and a 5MP camera with a 3x digital zoom and 720p video recording.

We've already gotten a sneak peak of the Epic 4G thanks to benevolent tipster, and chances are we'll get to see it in the flesh this week at Samsung's event in New York City. For now, you get can the full Epic 4G specs here.

In the meantime, no word on pricing or availability, other than "soon." But you can sign up for more information here, and you better believe we just did so. Full presser after the break. [Sprint]

Samsung Epic 4G, America’s First 4G-Capable Phone with Slide-out QWERTY Keyboard and
Brilliant Super AMOLED Touchscreen, Coming to Sprint

Samsung Epic 4G brings a living room entertainment experience to a mobile phone, offering HD-like video through the first video store with movies and TV shows, optimized for a 4G handset for rental or purchase

Pre-register to learn more about Samsung Epic 4G at www.sprint.com/epic4g

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – June 28, 2010 – Sprint (NYSE: S) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, today introduced the second 4G-capable handset from Sprint, Samsung Epic™ 4G, a Galaxy S™ smartphone and Samsung Mobile’s first 4G Android™-powered device.

“Sprint takes another leap forward today, announcing its second 4G-capable smartphone,” said Steve Elfman, president, Network Operations and Wholesale. “Samsung Epic 4G joins a portfolio of powerful devices offering an unprecedented simplicity and value to our customers as the only national carrier with a 4G network and devices and applications that can leverage the increased data speeds to provide a high-def entertainment and business experience in the palm of your hand.”

“Samsung Epic 4G is a powerful member of our Galaxy S smartphone portfolio which offers premium screen, speed and content features,” said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer for Samsung Mobile. “The Epic 4G ups the ante with a front-facing camera for video conferencing, a full QWERTY keyboard and lightning-fast 4G speeds.”

Samsung Epic 4G is part of a new breed of Samsung smartphones offering their very best in screen, speed and content quality for a premium user experience, and offers a fully integrated multimedia, messaging and social networking experience. It also features an exceptionally thin smartphone design with a slide out, full QWERTY keyboard and 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display.

The 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

  • Faster response time that reduces “ghosting” images

  • Wide viewing angles to prevent blurring or distortion

  • Thinner design to offer more accurate and responsiveness to touch

Entertainment at Its Best

In the coming months, Samsung Epic 4G will have access to the Samsung Media Hub, making it the first and only 4G handset to feature a video store with movies and TV 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 also features Samsung’s exclusive AllShare service to wirelessly share 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 on the road.

Amazing Features

Powered by the Android 2.1 platform, Samsung Epic 4G also supports a series of advanced touch screen 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.

The smartphone is designed for an optimal gaming experience with a six-axis sensor that fine tunes its accelerometer’s ability to interpret simple movements of the device, so when the phone tilts up and down or left and right, the game can immediately respond in the same directions. 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.

It also 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 3x digital zoom for HD video3 (720p) video recording and 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 4G experience simultaneously

  • Android Market™ for access to more than 50,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience

  • Wi-Fi® b/g/n

  • 1500 mAh battery

Game-changer for Business Customers

Samsung Epic 4G is designed to deliver one of the best multi-media experience 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 Google™ and Yahoo, as well as Exchange ActiveSync for corporate email including enhanced device management and security features, 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 the Android Market™ including bar code scanning, signature capture, document viewing and the ability to stream and upload video for customer approval and archival purposes.

Staying Connected with Social Networking

To make staying connected faster and easier, Samsung Epic 4G includes Samsung Social Hub designed to integrate all your social networking services, messages, personal and business email, calendars and contacts. Additionally, calendar information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar and social networking services are displayed together in one calendar with two-way synchronization.

As work on finalizing the software is underway, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 for Samsung Epic 4G in the near future. With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits among others: updates to User Interface, improved EAS Support, improved Browser Performance including Flash 10x Support, voice Dialing Over Bluetooth and application Storage on External Memory.

A Sprint 4G developer guide is available today from the Sprint ADP Web site at http://developer.sprint.com. The Sprint 4G developer guide provides details on developing for an Android 2.1 handset and how to take advantage of the Samsung Epic 4G’s unique hardware and software capabilities and the Sprint 4G network. The Sprint Application Developer Program has been providing tools for third-party developers since Sprint first launched the Wireless Web on its phones in 2001.

Sprint will announce pricing and availability in the coming months; meanwhile customers can pre-register for more information about Samsung Epic 4G at www.sprint.com/epic4g.

Blazing trails with Sprint 4G

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 36 markets. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G, giving Samsung Epic 4G the fastest data speeds of any U.S. wireless device available today.2

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 36 markets: Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Missouri – Kansas City, St. Louis; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro, (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon – Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Reading, York; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Utah – Salt Lake City; Virginia – Richmond; Washington – Bellingham, Seattle. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

In 2010, Sprint expects to launch 4G service in multiple markets, including but not limited to, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

More Satisfied Than Ever

Powerful 4G smartphones like Samsung Epic 4G is one of many reasons Sprint is the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, over the last two years, according to results from the 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Sprint’s improvement was driven in part by substantial gains in two aspects of the survey. In the area of customers’ perceptions of value, Sprint now leads both AT&T and Verizon. The company also achieved an impressive improvement in the area of customer loyalty. With these gains, the company’s overall ACSI score jumped 14 points over the last two years. In the last six years of the ACSI survey, no other company has improved its satisfaction score by that many points in a two-year period.

The improvements in the ACSI survey come as Sprint has seen nine consecutive quarters of improved customer satisfaction and first call resolution. The company’s improvements have also been recognized by other independent third-parties, including Sprint winning the #1 spot for both overall satisfaction for wireless voice service providers and wireless data service providers in a Yankee Group and Mobile Enterprise magazine survey of large business decision makers. Sprint also ranked high in small and medium business customer satisfaction. Also noteworthy was Sprint’s two-year Reputation Pulse™ score increase in Reputation Institute’s 2010 U.S. Most Reputable Companies Study (published annually in Forbes). Sprint’s 18.22 percent gain puts its improvement in the top 10 percent of the 150 largest U.S. companies, ahead of both AT&T and Verizon.

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 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, and is the first and only 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 and 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.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of (US)$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

 
There are 79 comments

bkrodgers says:

Can't wait to see how this stacks up against the Evo! Obviously the Evo still will beat it in some respects, but for those who were frustrated at the lack of a high end Android slider, this should fit the bill. I'm not sure which side I'll fall on, but since Sprint wouldn't budge on an early upgrade, I'll get to see them both!

Kedar says:

Well, apparently a demo of Asphalt 5 is preinstalled.
How about the Evo's demo of NFS Shift?

This should fit those with a Pre who kept ocmplaining about the lack of a hardware keyboard.

This phone should handle media like nothing.
I want to see benchmarks. Apparently it gets ~55 fps on Neocore, while Snapdragons get 25'ish.

Ecoteric says:

the snapdragon is not what gives the Evo it's "25ish" fps. the Evo has already been rooted and it only took a change to 3 lines of code to remove the cap and achieve 56 fps. has nothing to do with the CPU

Actually, with one of the official screenshot, it appears it has front facing camera as well. updates. Samsung Epic Latest Updates

I used to have a Pre and now have an Evo and to be honest the keyboard on the pre was just short of useless. I have fairly big fingers and couldn't stand typing on it. The touchscreen keyboard on my Evo is better than the keyboard on my Pre is almost every aspect.

Rockblast says:

The only ways the EVO beats it IMO is with a slightly bigger screen, higher MP cameras (though MP is BS, it's all about the sensor), and HTC Sense vs Touchwiz.

Ecoteric says:

Evo's 8 MP camera has the best sensor of any cellphone on the market. I defy to find a better cellphone camera. Evo's 8MP will be better than Epic's 5MP, without question.

You guys see a new Android device and you sheep automatically think that it will be the next big thing. I guess you didn't notice the Epic 4G doesn't have a front facing camera, HDMI out, or kickstand.

I.R.R.V. says:

it does have the front facing camera......baaaahhh

Ecoteric says:

Oh you are right!! My bad. But clearly both cameras on the Evo are better.

The only thing on the Epic that is better is the screen. Evo has several things that is better than Epic.

Rockblast says:

yeah that's what I said, the EVO camera is better. I was making a statement how in general it's about the censor not the megapixels. Kickstand is gimmicky, if you have hdmi out you should be watching on your tv. If I want a kickstand I'll buy a bike.

Ecoteric says:

You really wanted to make that stupid bike comment, huh? how is the kickstand "gimmicky"? It really comes in handy when you are watching Youtube videos, Sprint TV, and sideloaded videos/movies, etc and you don't want to hold the phone or lay it flat on your desk/table top. You think that there is a HDTV available just anywhere you turn in life?!

pmjohnson99 says:

As for cell phone camera's nothing compares to anything NOKIA. Like a N95 (5MP cam). They make, by far, the best cams for phones...mainly because of the superior optics. They also have terrific software support for their cams. Do be fooled by megapixels.

pmjohnson99 says:

As for cell phone camera's nothing compares to anything NOKIA. Like a N95 (5MP cam). They make, by far, the best cams for phones...mainly because of the superior optics. They also have terrific software support for their cams. Do be fooled by megapixels.

c3PreO says:

PC Magazine just did a hands on review of the Epic 4G an hour ago
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2365732,00.asp

dodgeram02 says:

Just what i was waiting for..now I can sale my Htc Evo when this comes out..SUPER AMOLED SCREEN..very nice..I can only imagine what it looks like....cant wait..

Ecoteric says:

If you are looking to give up your Evo for device with less features/capability but a slightly better screen, there is something wrong with your brain.

alexnaoumi says:

this is a cool phone, but y does it have to be 4g... im not gettin this cuz of the $10 a month 4g data plan that i a cant even use in michigan. oh well, i guess im uprading from a Moment to a Hero next month.

Ecoteric says:

Once again a very uninformed consumer. The $10 is not for 4G. It is essentially for capabilities like video chat, and other highly data intensive features that the Evo has that other Sprint data phones don't. Even if it was for 4G you would still be paying less than on other carriers that don't have 4G!

rufflez says:

Its a $10 fee for truly unlimited data, which everyone with an everything plan already technically had. Its for 4G, but they don't want to say its for 4G because they promised earlier in a news conference that they wouldn't charge for 4G. If it was for the video chat, then technically I couldn't video chat using Fring over 3G, but I can (settings) on a Hero. Don't kid yourself, its for 4G.

slayerpsp says:

dont do it the hero is crap and old. pay the extra ten its no big deal just skip one fast food meal a month your good to go

So an updated Moment huh? Looks to be thinner, wonder what the battery life will look like...

alexnaoumi says:

most likely, the battery life on the EPIC 4G will be shit just like the battery life on all the other android phones

Kedar says:

Battery life is fine on my Evo with the same capacity battery.

I just wish I could take the hummingbird processor out of the Galaxy S Pro and put it in my Evo.
Then I could do every media-intensive thing I wanted to do.

Ecoteric says:

What media intensive thing are you not able to do with the Evo? The Evo Snapdragon processor is undoubtedly capable of every multimedia/gaming based application you are looking to use. The "fps issue" is not processor related. It is software related. AC has already done an article where it was rooted and it only took a few lines code to change the 30 fps to 60 fps.

rufflez says:

how about playing xvid natively... yeah, Evo doesn't do that.

Ecoteric says:

You really have no clue. The batter on the Evo is comparable to that of the iPhone 4, that's if you are not running the 4G radio in a low 4G-signal area.

Good way to make evo owners jealous :/

Ecoteric says:

I am an Evo owner. What's to be jealous of? The lack of HTC Sense and 2 extra home screens?

VDub2174 says:

You complain too much.

I wouldn't mind a keyboard but I sure wouldn't trade this 4.3 inch screen for anything. 4 is big, but there is a noticeable difference (especially when you come from a Pre.) Also, I find the TouchWiz interface to be largely unattractive, at least compared to Sense, which in contrast looks "shiny" and sexy.

gbhil#AC says:

Posting in Epic thread.

keviny47 says:

im sure the specs are pretty awesome, but the phone looks like a lg slider.

alexnaoumi says:

i hope 4g for this phone will be optional

hampstenj says:

so the question is... EVO or Epic???

first time in a long, long, long, LONG time that Sprint has had 2 good phones going side by side against each other...

JugglingWJ says:

Does a "full" keyboard mean 4 or 5 row? I LOVE the keyboard on my G1 and I hate most other keyboards because they don't have a number row.

Look up. (Added a new pic.) That looks pretty damn full to me. :)

alexnaoumi says:

5 rows

JugglingWJ says:

Thanks guys!

uranidiot says:

WE BETTER NOT SPEND $10 A MONTH MORE FOR THIS PHONE! esp since other carriers r getting it too. evo was exclusive.

alexnaoumi says:

I TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!! if this phone requires $10/month, then im going with the HTC HERO for my upgrade next month

slayerpsp says:

The Hero is old an outdated. cant believe people are so cheap my Evo rules but then again i have 4g were i live

rawvega says:

other carriers are getting it too? Really? Which other carrier is getting a QWERTY Galaxy S with LED flash and front facing camera?

hampstenj says:

ohh and don't forget 4g either...

Phone#IM says:

Any chance this is the same Samsung phone listed to be released on July 11??

sonso says:

Android FTMFW (for the win)!

johnblaze#AC says:

Nice device. If i diddnt already have the evo i would be all over this since my last phone was a touch pro 2. There is always something nice about a real qwerty keyboard...

JugglingWJ says:

Any idea when it will be out? Reply on Twitter so I can follow you @JugglingWJ

sjcea says:

The evo is so overrated , and I would never buy any Samsung product !!!

Rockblast says:

Reasons? You can't just make a statement condemning the two hottest handheld android devices on the market right now without some facts to back it up.

PhilR8 says:

Just ignore scjea, he's a troll. Really surprised he's still able to comment on this site, but life goes on...

samurikuma says:

Mabey he's a DROiD user who thinks his is better and all others should not use the droid name. Anywho not sure why everyone keeps knockin Samsung. Like a lot of phone makers they do low, mid and high end stuff. I've dropped my Moment several times and didn't even scratch the screen, had the BlackJack when it was out and it was a great phone till it was hacked and it went kablewie after that. I hope this new slider gets here and is at least compareable to the Evo. I really like the slider keyboard but am willing to trade it for HDMI if I have too.

looks lovely :)

SanGo says:

Anyone else notice the presser says details will be available "in the coming months"? I WANT MY EPIC NOW!!! XD

I.R.R.V. says:

on the verizon specs it shows being preloaded with bing maps and search,, is that the same for sprint? I'm glad my upgrade wasn't eligible cause I think I may get this instead of the evo.....

eahinrichsen says:

Seems like an odd choice of name considering that Samsung has already released a smartphone called the Epix.

yazman666 says:

I hate ...literally hate the full QWERTY keyboard, im cmon ppl, that is a thing of the past alrready pls sprint release the original version so i can get it for my gf.....i just cant stand the stupid full QWERTY keyboard it kills the style of the phones....my opinion tho....

I kind of have to agree here. The slideout keyboard is too reminiscent of cheap POS phones like the LG Rumor or even the Samsung Rant. IMO, there are very few, if any, phones that can compete with the Evo in terms of how sexy it is. In all reality, though, you can't beat the functionality of a 5-row QWERTY.

STILLIRISE says:

like i keep saying, when its all said and done, this will end up being the #1 selling phone, not because its "better" or its features...it will be #1 because its on all the major players..unlike the droid x, droid etc...this is the main reason why the blackberry curve is the # 1 selling phone...

Rockblast says:

but another reason I may still get an EVO over it. I need to have a device that is SOMEWHAT unique. The main reason I am an iphone hater :P

Darkseider says:

All I know is that Sprint just came out swinging this year with Android. From Palm Pre as a flagship device to the EVO 4G AND Samsung Epic 4G. Very very good time to be on Sprint and be an Android enthusiast.

JDMR777 says:

As for me the whole full QWERTY keyboard thing is over rated. The screen is so big it's very convenient for people like me who have fat fingers to text on. The evo does what I want and them some. Although the epic looks nice the EVO still seems to be the better of the two in every aspect.

larryyork22 says:

I can only speak for myself as a Sprint Customer, but it is about freaking time Sprint had more than 1 good phone at a time. I am tired of hearing people griping about the extra $10 for the EVO & now will be for the Galaxy. The bottom line is Sprint's Plans are still cheaper than anyone out there. The extra $10 is not just for 4G it is also for the ability to have TRULY unlimited Data. With AT&T & now Verizon considering teird (not sure if that is spelled correctly) pricing for data & Dan Hesse saying there are no plans for Sprint to do this, what more could you ask for. It seems like Sprint is finally getting smart & getting the phones that the people want & are competetive with the Big 2 (AT&T & Verizon). This should help big time. Also, coming from the Palm Pre to The EVO, WOW, how great is Android? Noone handles multitasking as well as WEBOS, but the learning curve to Android is very small & boy am I impressed. Sorry for the rant.

Everything pro-Sprint that I have been trying to tell people for months was summed up in this comment. Thank you.

meyerweb says:

"The extra $10 is not just for 4G it is also for the ability to have TRULY unlimited Data"

Sigh. I wish people would actually read their TOS. There is no limitation on data on ANY Sprint smartphone with an Everthing Data plan. The limitation applies only to wireless modems, tethering, and a soft limit on data roaming (and that last one still applies to the 4G). The $10 does not get you any additional data. Period. It also doesn't get you tethering, nor 4G unless you live it a few select places. It gets you the priviledge of paying for an EVO or Epic. That's all. Sprint is simply bumping the price of its plan for it's top phones, because it know it can.

PhilR8 says:

After using the Evo for about a month (and loving every second of it).... I think I'd still rather have something like the Epic. I've gotten used to the on-screen keyboard and I can work it pretty well, but the lack of the Function key shortcuts is really, really irritating me. I came from the Touch Pro, and had the Mogul and the 6700 before that, so I was really comfortable with the landscape qwertys and all they could do. I thought the strengths of the Evo would overshadow the lack of physical keyboard, and they do 99% of the time, but if I had to do it all over again, I'd wait for the Epic.

At least just to see how it works. The Evo might be a better device - we'll just have to wait and see.

meyerweb says:

I agree with you to some extent. A couple of weeks ago I would have probably agreed completely. I'm still not as accurate on the EVO as I was on my Palm Treo keyboard, but as I get more time with it, and figured out its auto correction, I'm more satisfied.

What I miss is, as you mention, keyboard shortcuts. What I won't like about the Epic, I suspect, is the bulk. It's probably going to be as thick as a Droid, and as large in area as an EVO. That's a mighty large brick to carry around in my pocket.

If I could get a device the size of the Evo, but with the form factor of a Treo (portrait keyboard at the bottom in exchange for the loss of some screen size), I think I'd be ecstatic. Not likely to happen, though. Palm seems to be the last bastion of portrait keyboards.

Phone#IM says:

Phone is supposed to be really thin even with the keyboard

According to the dimensions from Phonearena it is 14.2mm thick which is only 1.5mm thicker than the EVO so it is thin

rufflez says:

Portrait keyboard only work on devices with screens that are wider than longer and can be put directly underneath without having the slide out... Let me explain why.

Whats the nicest way to look at the browser or e-mail on the Pre?
Rotated in landscape mode.
Now how do I reply to an e-mail or type in a web address?
I have to rotate the phone back to portrait mode type, then rotate it.
Also, you get the oreo effect which is so DAMN annoying.

Blackberry/PalmOS had the right idea of wider screens than long (but you're stuck with a small screen) for practicality. Having a slide out landscape keyboard makes more sense, especially when its coupled with a virtual keyboard.

PhilR8 says:

Matter of preference, and I disagree on all counts. I rarely rotate my Evo into landscape anymore because I've become pretty handy with the portrait keyboard. I like the portrait screen because I have good eyesight and I can see more of a webpage, an email, an app, or whatever instead of just a zoomed-in ribbon of content that you get in landscape. The few times where I do prefer landscape is when using Google Navigation - which I use often - and watching videos, which I do not do often.

I'd love an evo-like device with a sliding portrait qwerty. It would fit my lifestyle perfectly.

Daniel0418 says:

Man this thing looks pretty cool. I dunno, personally I think I would rather have this than the EVO. I am a fan of full keyboards though. You know what else is crazy is these phones all have the Gyroscope too and with their new hummingbird processors its kinda awesome for games. I put up the whole Gyroscope thing here..

http://fonefrenzy.com/2010/06/28/samsungs-galaxy-has-a-gyroscope-like-th...

MikeEx says:

So this will give us real time (1:1) movement in apps like Layar?
I'm all for it!

brooklyn says:

As reluctant as I am to try another Samsung phone I might give this one a try, if it came without the keyboard. Does anyone know why Sprint Android phones (to my knowledge) tend to not have internal storage? I ask because I've seen specs on a Galaxy S that have 8 gigs, is it a carrier thing?

trooper54 says:

Am i missing something, the full specs list doesn't list a front facing camera at all...

alexnaoumi says:

this is from the article --> "Dual camera: 5 MP camera/camcorder with autofocus, Power LED flash and 3x digital zoom for HD video3 (720p) video recording and FRONT FACING VGA camera for video chat and more"

rufflez says:

does this have a status indicator light? The moment did not and the Hero/Evo are only orange and green.

Hey people I have an important question, I'm planning on getting a job soon, so I wanted to buy this, only problem is I really don't know how our plan works. We have a 2 year plan (with CDMA Heros, and I sure as hell don't want this thing anymore) so what would I do to go about buying this phone? Would I have to add another 2 year plan on top of my current one?

alexnaoumi says:

sprint gives yearly upgrades (but i believe u just get $75 off retail price) but i think if u get the right representative and tell them ur willing to renew ur 2 yr contract, they might give u a full discount to get this phone. **I THINK**

Oh ok thanks. I'll have to see if I get that job, and see what price they give this thing, I'll figure it out when I get there.