The Samsung Galaxy S II was heralded and anticipated before it ever hit the market in Europe, and the Samsung Epic Touch 4G released exclusively for the Sprint 4G WiMAX mobile broadband network has finally arrived in the US. This is the first Samsung Galaxy S II version to make it to North America, and Samsung has decided to cut costs and guarantee inter-device compatibility by providing many of their own parts in the handset design. One thing that Samsung did that is very similar to every other 4G mobile smartphone is employ the familiar black, rectangular, slab form factor.
While the Samsung Epic Touch 4G looks similar to many other smartphones from the front, it is exceedingly thinner than most handsets. Measuring 5.11 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches (130 x 70 x 10 mm) and weighing 4.60 oz (130 g), the Epic Touch 4G is average in overall size, average in weight, yet thinner than most of the competition. The in-house technology Samsung has employed for the display is their Super AMOLED Plus design in a 4.52 inch capacitive touch screen that is the largest of all 4G smartphones. The Samsung Epic Touch 4G supports 16 million color representation, offers 480 x 800 pixel resolution and comes with built-in light and proximity sensors.
The 1800 mAh battery offers 10 to 11 days standby time on a single charge, and 8.7 hours of talk time. Being a second generation 4G smartphone, the Epic Touch 4G supports Google’s Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread operating system software out-of-the-box. Samsung also decided to make their own processor, and chose a dual core Exynos 1.2 GHz processing chip set, backed up with 1.2 GB of RAM memory. A 3-D graphics hardware accelerator is also on board, and Facebook, Twitter and Picasa applications, as well as HTML web browsing and Adobe Flash media player support, rounds out the software set.
The camera set on the Samsung Epic Touch 4G consists of a rear facing eight megapixel camera and front facing two megapixel device. The rear facing camera offers dual LED flash and autofocus capabilities, and records in 1080P HD at up to 30 frames per second. The front facing chat cam also provides video call capability at 720P HD. Buy the Samsung Epic Touch 4G starting at only $99!
The Samsung Epic Touch 4G was one of the first second generation 4G handsets to receive a price drop to $99 with a two-year activation. Video out and video mirroring technology is offered through DLNA and HDMI access, wireless connectivity is present in the form of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology, and microSD and microUSB ports are also present. Learn more about this version of the Galaxy S II in our detailed Samsung Epic Touch 4G Review.