The Epic Touch 4G is exclusive to the Sprint 4G WiMAX mobile broadband network, and is Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S II. The Samsung Galaxy S II is one of Samsung’s most popular handsets overseas, and just recently arrived in the US. The Epic Touch 4G retails for $149 at select Sprint authorized retailers with a two-year activation, and is the first Galaxy S II to arrive stateside. It also delivers another first, this one being in screen size. The 4.52 inch capacitive touch screen is the largest display found on any 4G smartphone.
Physically, the Epic Touch 4G is a very common looking phone. At an average weight and size for a smartphone, it measures in at 5.11 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches (130 x 70 x 10 mm), and tilts the scales at 4.60 ounces (130 grams), slightly heavier than the 4.30 smartphone average. The traditional Android black slab form is used, and familiar four menu buttons are located beneath the display when held in the portrait orientation.
A dual core 1.2 GHz Exynos processing chip set handles the operations, and is supported by 1.0 GB of RAM memory. The operating system which comes preloaded on the Epic Touch 4G is Google’s Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread version with the most recent Samsung TouchWiz Android overlay user interface, and a 3-D graphics hardware accelerator rounds out this software set.
The dual camera set on the Samsung Epic Touch 4G is made up of rear facing 8 megapixel and forward facing 2 megapixel cameras. The rear facing camcorder comes equipped with LED flash and video light, autofocus, panorama and smile detection. Video recording is capable at up to 30 frames per second at 1080P HD, and the front facing camcorder offers 720P HD resolution, video chat and video call capability.
The Samsung Epic Touch 4G comes equipped with an FM stereo, the video player on board supports MPEG4, H.263, H.264 and DivX file formats, while the onboard audio player supports MP3, AAC, AAC+ and eAAC+ audio files. A microSD card slot is available for storage expansion up to 32 GB, and a microUSB slot is available for charging the handset via the accompanying USB cable, and also allows access to other devices.
Bluetooth version 3.0 is supported on the Epic Touch 4G, as well as Wi-Fi (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) wireless connectivity. SyncML is supported for syncing of the Epic Touch 4G to other devices, and video mirroring is offered wirelessly through DLNA technology and through a wired HDMI port. As with all Android operating systems, the Adobe Flash media player is fully supported. Learn more about this impressive version of the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone in our detailed Samsung Epic Touch 4G Review.