Anxiously awaiting the 4G version of the Galaxy S? If you answered with an enthusiastic “yes”, then you may be happy to know that Sprint’s second 4G handset might land in August, possibly on or before the 20th. This tentative launch date is a based upon the observation that the Epic 4G is scheduled to debut on Samsung’s Galaxy S On Demand Live Show website on August 20th. Both the Vibrant and the Captivate episodes debuted on or after the handset’s respective launch dates, so we would expect this trend to continue with the Epic 4G. Additionally, Samsung updated its Twitter status on Friday with the tantalizing tidbit that “the Sprint Epic 4G is arriving in a few weeks. It’s the 4G #GalaxyS”. Though it is not as solid as an official confirmation, these two pieces seem to point to an August launch for this highly anticipated 4G handset.
Sure it might have a laughably bad name, but there’s no way in hell you can laugh at the Samsung Epic 4G’s specs. A part of the Galaxy S family, the Epic 4G is Sprint’s second 4G WiMAX smartphone. To go on sale later this year for an undisclosed price, the Epic 4G has a 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED display, sliding QWERTY keypad, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video capture, front-facing camera for video calling, GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, mobile hotspot support for five devices, six-axis motion sensor, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and 512MB RAM / 1GB ROM. It will come to market running Android 2.1 — with a bit of help from Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0, naturally — but Sprint has gone on the record as saying an update to Android 2.2 won’t be that far off once the Epic 4G is released. Good to know. More →