On August 31st 2010, Sprint will start selling its second WiMAX smartphone, the Samsung Epic 4G. Sprint stores, RadioShack, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart will sell it for $249.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement, after a $150 instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate. To be eligible for purchase, customers should select one of Sprint Everything Data Plans that starts at $69.99 per month. An extra $10 per month will be charged whether you use the 4G WiMAX network or the 3G CDMA network. Samsung Epic 4G is expected to be the top-selling smartphone for Sprint overcoming the previous one, the HTC Evo 4G, because of its advanced features described in this article.
3G versus 4G Technology
3G subscribers reach download speeds up to 1 megabit per second, while 4G networks currently deliver as fast as 6-7 megabits per second, and eventually will be about 10 times faster than 3G networks. Such high-speed data transfer speeds will allow watching a smooth high-definition video streaming and video chatting. In addition, 4G technology can be used for internet access on computers at home or work by utilizing 4G smartphones as wireless hotspot, thus eliminating cables.
Sprint 4G WiMAX network is currently available in many major cities including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boise, Chicago, Dallas / Fort Worth, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Raleigh, San Antonio, Seattle, and Tacoma. By the end of 2010, it is expected to be available in Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Washington DC. On the other hand, Verizon Wireless expects to launch its 4G Long Term Evolution in 2010 followed by AT&T in 2011, while T-Mobile has no concrete plans to build its 4G network.
Advanced Features of Samsung Epic 4G
The Epic 4G falls into Samsung Galaxy S phone series, but is different in having a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It features a 4-inch, 800×480 resolution, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display which allows for HD-quality viewing experience, thus offering the best color representation that matches the original content more than 100 times the contrast quality of other leading displays. The display supports advanced touchscreen gestures, including pinch-to-zoom, and vertical and horizontal swiping. It also features wider viewing angles to prevent blurring or distortion, and faster response time to reduce ghosting images. It has six-axis motion sensors to fine-tune its ability to interpret simple movements and provide an optimal gaming experience. Alternatives of using the physical 5-row keyboard are six possible virtual keyboards including the Swype text-entry method, which lets you drag your finger across the screen without lifting it, as well as Samsung and Google portrait and landscape mode keyboards. The Epic has a 5-megapixel camera/camcorder with autofocus, Power LED flash and 3x digital zoom for HD video (720p) recording for capture and playback on an HDTV, as well as front-facing VGA camera for video chat.
Samsung Epic 4G is equipped with 1-GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird application processor that supports amazing 3-D graphics, faster upload and download times, and the full richness of HD-quality multimedia content. It works with Sprint 4G WiMAX network as well as 3G CDMA network and capable of supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices (e.g. laptops, gaming devices, and digital cameras) simultaneously to share the 3G or 4G experience for an additional charge of $29.99 per month. It will initially run Google Android 2.1 operating system with a future upgrade to Android 2.2, which will improve browser performance, including Adobe Flash support, voice dialing over Bluetooth, and application storage on external memory. Users can access the Android Market for more than 65,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience.
The Epic 4G will come with many Samsung goodies including: 1) Samsung Social Hub that integrates all of the user social networking services, messages, personal and business email, calendars and contacts; 2) Samsung AllShare Service that wirelessly share stored music, pictures and HD video to other Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) Certified home electronics including HDTVs, monitors, digital cameras, and printers; and 3) Samsung Media Hub in which users can rent or purchase movies and TV shows from entertainment-industry leaders. Rent prices are expected to be $2.99 a day, while purchase prices anywhere from $12.99 to $19.99.
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