Delivering the largest display in smartphone technology, the Galaxy S II has finally hit American shores, in the form of the Samsung Epic Touch 4G Android smartphone for Sprint. This is the first representation of the Galaxy S II lineup for US wireless providers, and delivers a big 4.52 inch capacitive touch screen. Samsung has employed their popular Super AMOLED Plus WVGA display technology in the Epic Touch 4G, as well as using one of their own processors and also their proprietary TouchWiz user interface Android operating system overlay.
The Galaxy S II line has been available in Europe for several months now, and anxious Android smartphone shoppers need wait no longer. As mentioned above, the Samsung Epic Touch 4G is exclusive to Sprint’s 4G WiMAX mobile broadband network, and retails for $149 with a two-year activation. To promote the arrival of this much-anticipated Android handset, Sprint has coupled with select online retailer Amazon to offer a reduced sell price and free activation.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G handset is average in size and weight compared to other smartphones, at 5.11 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches (130 x 70 x 10mm) and 4.60 ounces (130g). However, at only 0.38 inches thick, the Epic Touch is one of the thinner 4G handsets in the mobile marketplace. The familiar black rectangular slab form factor that seems to be the 4G standard is present here as well.
Samsung chose one of their own processors to run the Epic Touch 4G, a dual core Exynos chip set at 1.2 GHz, and has packed this handset with 1.0 GB of RAM memory, and a 3-D hardware graphics accelerator. Other preloaded software includes Picasa, Facebook and Twitter apps, with HTML web browser and full Adobe Flash media player support.
The camera set on the Epic Touch 4G combines a rear facing eight megapixel camera and front facing two megapixel chat cam which provides video call capability as well. The rear facing eight megapixel camera has the ability to record in 1080P HD, and comes equipped with smile detection, panorama picture taking ability, autofocus and dual LED flash.
The Epic Touch 4G also contains 4G standard features like microUSB port, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth stereo, HDMI and DLNA access. The Epic Touch 4G handset is also backwards compatible to 3G networks when Sprint’s WiMAX 4G network cannot be found, and offers rare SyncML extensible markup language (XML) support for data transfer. Learn more about this brand new smartphone in our comprehensive Samsung Galaxy S II review.