The Samsung Epic Touch 4G Sprint Android handset uses the Samsung Galaxy S II as its base, and is the first version of the popular European handset to hit the US mobile marketplace. The Galaxy was and is one of the best selling handsets in the history of both Samsung and Sprint, and the Galaxy S II stepped into that role admirably. Another first achieved by the Samsung Epic Touch 4G handset has to deal with screen size. The 4.52 inch touch screen display now holds the title of largest display of all 4G Android handsets. Actually, Samsung also held the previous title, with the 4.5 inch screen on their Infuse 4G handset for the 4G AT&T mobile broadband network.
As with many of the newer second generation 4G handsets released recently, the Samsung Epic Touch 4G uses the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread operating system out-of-the-box. A dual core Samsung Exynos 1.2 GHz processing chip with 1.0 GB of RAM memory supporting it, and 3-D graphics hardware accelerator round out the software feature set. HTML web browsing is supported, as is Adobe’s Flash media player. Facebook, Twitter and Picasa applications are also preloaded into the handset.
In an attempt to keep costs down and ensure compatibility within the device, Samsung also used their own Super AMOLED Plus display technology in the 4.52 inch capacitive touch screen. 480 x 800 pixel resolution and 16 million colors are supported in that 4.52 inch display, as well as multitouch gesture navigation, and light and proximity sensors are also built into the screen.
To be competitive in the 4G mobile handset marketplace, a smartphone needs dual cameras. Samsung has employed rear facing eight megapixel and forward facing two megapixel cameras to provide video chat and video call capabilities at 720P HD, and video recording via the rear eight megapixel camera at 1080P HD and 30 frames per second. Autofocus, dual LED flash, panorama picture taking capability and smile detection are featured in the rear facing camera.
Sprint recently dropped the retail price of the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G Android smartphone to $99 at select Sprint authorized retailers with a two-year activation, and the Epic Touch 4G is exclusive to the Sprint 4G WiMAX mobile broadband network.