updated 07:25 am EDT, Thu August 12, 2010
Sprint gives Epic 4G price premium for Aug 31
Sprint this morning nailed down launch details for the Samsung Epic 4G. The long in coming Android flagship will carry a premium over other Galaxy S variants like the Captivate and Vibrant, costing $250 when attached to a two-year plan and a rebate. Stores get the phone August 31 and will open early that day, at 8AM local time, to accommodate demand.
The launch will include a first-ever pre-order program for Sprint: customers will have the option of reserving a phone online or in-store and can finish the order anytime between launch and 6PM September 1. The device still requires both the $70 regular smartphone plan and a $10 monthly add-on, regardless of whether or not they live in a 4G area; the optional mobile hotspot feature adds an extra $30 per month.
Sprint's phone is the only major differentiation from the stock Galaxy S and centers on its namesake WiMAX for faster downloads and video chat support on its equally new front camera. A slide-out QWERTY keyboard is similarly unique. The four-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1GHz processor, five-megapixel back camera and 802.11n Wi-Fi are on par with other phone versions.
Android 2.2 may be some distance off, as Sprint only expects an upgrade to the OS in the "coming months."