The retail price recently dropped at select Sprint authorized retailers on the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy S II which sold 10 million units in the five-month period previous to September 25 as reported by Engadget. Those sales were achieved without the benefit of a launch in the US and Canada, and until recently, North Americans could not get the handset. That is until September 16 of this year when Sprint was the first US carrier to release the Galaxy S II, renamed the Epic Touch 4G, on its 4G WiMAX mobile broadband network. The phone is currently available through all major carriers in the US, but Sprint was the first cellular service provider to retail the handset for $99 at their authorized retailers, and for a limited time, is also offering free activation.
Instead of simply copycatting the form factor and specs of the popular Asian and European Galaxy S II, Sprint had Samsung build the largest display in 4G smartphone technology at 4.52 inches. Samsung also cut costs and improved compatibility by not only building the hardware, but by also using their own in-house display team to manufacture the screen.
Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus display technology delivers 480 x 800 pixel resolution and support for 16 million colors for the new Samsung Epic Touch 4G. There is also a proximity sensor which allows for auto shut off when the handset is left alone for too long, and a light sensor built into the display. Corning provides their Gorilla Glass coating over the screen which delivers scratch resistance and glare reduction.
Again keeping with the in-house theme, Samsung uses one of their own processors, a 1.2 GHz Exynos chip, and added 1.0 GB of RAM memory and a 3-D graphics hardware accelerator. Twitter, Facebook and Picasa applications were also preloaded into the handset, as well as a YouTube video player. Audio and video players are also on board, and support all major audio and video file formats. An HTML web browser offers Internet access, and Adobe’s Flash media player is fully supported. The Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread operating system is installed, as well as the latest Samsung TouchWiz user interface version.
The dual cameras on the Epic Touch 4G are comprised of a rear facing eight megapixel camera and forward facing two megapixel chat cam that also offers video call capability. That rear facing eight megapixel camcorder also records in 1080P HD, and has dual LED flash and autofocus features. The Samsung Epic Touch 4G is exclusive to the Sprint 4G WiMAX mobile broadband network, and is the lowest priced of the American Galaxy S II handsets at $99 with a two-year activation. There is also free activation for a limited time. Buy the Samsung Epic Touch 4G starting at only $99.