The Samsung Epic Touch is the US version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, and arrived at American retailers and online stores September 16. The Epic Touch 4G was the first of the Samsung Galaxy S II iterations to arrive in the states, and owns the title of largest display in the mobile handset marketplace. The Super AMOLED Plus 4.52 inch screen just marginally beats out the 4.5 inch display offering from another Samsung product, the Infuse 4G. The Samsung Epic Touch is available exclusively on the Sprint 4G WiMAX mobile broadband network for a retail price of $149 with a new two-year activation.
Samsung employed the typical black slab form feature for the design of the Epic Touch 4G, and physically the handset is of average size and weight when compared to other smartphones. At 5.11 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches (130 x 70 x 10 mm) and 4.60 ounces (130 grams) the Epic Touch is just barely above 4G smartphone average specifications.
The camera set up on the Samsung Epic Touch 4G employs a rear facing eight megapixel camera with LED flash, smile detection, panorama mode and autofocus. This rear facing camera also offers a video light, and records video in a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p HD) at 30 fps, while the front facing two megapixel camera offers video calling and video chat in a resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p HD).
The on board music and video players support all major file formats, and a YouTube video player is built in for proprietary YouTube viewing. HTML web browsing and Adobe Flash media player are supported fully, and Picasa, Twitter and Facebook apps are preloaded. Android’s Gingerbread 2.3.4 operating system is present out-of-the-box, and Samsung employs a dual core Exynos, 1.2 GHz processing chip and 1.0 GB of RAM memory to run the Epic Touch 4G. A 3-D graphics hardware accelerator rounds out the software set. Buy the Samsung Epic Touch 4G starting at only $149.99.
The 4.52 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen mentioned earlier offers 480 x 800 pixel resolution and 16 million color support, as well as multitouch gesture navigation. As with most current 4G Android handsets, a capacitive Touchscreen is employed with the light and proximity sensors built in.
Wireless access through Bluetooth version 3.0 and Wi-Fi a,b,g,n is present, and video mirroring is offered through wireless DLNA and wired HDMI technology. A microUSB port is available for charging the handset and accessing other devices, a microSD slot is built in for storage expansion up to 32 GB, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack is also present. Get more information about this version of the Galaxy S II, including where to get it for the reduced $149 price tag, in our detailed Samsung Epic Touch 4G Review.