T-Mobile USA brings Samsung 'Vibrant' and Sprint introduces the 'Epic 4G' Galaxy S smartphones to the U.S. market.
Sprint's Epic 4G is a Galaxy S smartphone and Samsung Mobile?s first 4G Android-powered device.
The Samsung Epic 4G smartphones features a thin smartphone design with a slide out, full QWERTY keyboard and 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display.
Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G, giving Samsung Epic 4G the fastest data speeds of any U.S. wireless device available today.
In the coming months, Samsung Epic 4G will have access to the Samsung Media Hub, making it the first 4G handset to feature a video store with movies and TV available for purchase or rental, and video content set up.
Samsung Epic 4G also features Samsung?s exclusive AllShare service to wirelessly share stored music, pictures and HD video to other DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified home electronics. Through AllShare, users will be able to capture moments with the phone?s camera and camcorder, and wirelessly show them to friends or family on their DLNA certified HDTV or download music from a PC to Samsung Epic 4G and take on the road.
Powered by the Android 2.1 platform, Samsung Epic 4G also supports a series of advanced touch screen gestures including multi-touch pinch, long tap and zoom and vertical and horizontal swiping.
Samsung Epic 4G offers three ways to enter text onto the device ? a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, virtual keyboard and Swype technology, which allows users to input text faster ith one continuous finger motion across the virtual keyboard.
The smartphone is also designed for gaming with a six-axis sensor that fine tunes its accelerometer?s ability to interpret simple movements of the device, so when the phone tilts up and down or left and right, the game can immediately respond in the same directions. A demo of Asphalt 5, a popular racing game, is preloaded exclusively on Samsung Epic 4G allowing users to take full advantage of these advanced gaming capabilities.
It also features:
- Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor.
-Dual camera: 5 MP camera/camcorder with autofocus, Power LED flash and 3x digital zoom for HD video3 (720p) video recording and front facing VGA camera for video chat and more
-Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 4G experience simultaneously
-Android Market for access to applications, widgets and games available for download
- Wi-Fi b/g/n
- 1500 mAh battery
Samsung Epic 4G also offers support for push email and integrated calendar services, including Google and Yahoo, as well as Exchange ActiveSync for corporate email including device management and security features, as well as full support for Google Mobile Services.
As work on finalizing the software is underway, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 for Samsung Epic 4G in the near future. With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits among others: updates to User Interface, improved EAS Support, improved Browser Performance including Flash 10x Support, voice Dialing Over Bluetooth and application Storage on External Memory.
Sprint will announce pricing and availability in the coming months; meanwhile users can pre-register for more information about Samsung Epic 4G at www.sprint.com/epic4g.
T-Mobile USA will also offer a version of the Samsung Galaxy S device, under the name 'Samsung Vibrant'.
T-Mobile's device will come loaded with exclusive entertainment features including "James Cameron?s Avatar" on an included 2GB external memory card and an exclusive collector?s edition of a popular game. The Vibrant also brings the Amazon Kindle for Android application and MobiTV with live and on-demand TV.
MobiTV mobile phone application offers consumers access to live and on-demand TV available in English and Spanish ? including more than 35 channels of news, sports and entertainment.Channels such as Bravo, Disney Channel, ESPN, NBC and more are available for Samsung Vibrant consumers to watch at home or away. Plus, when Vibrant consumers subscribe to MobiTV, their first 30 days of service are free.
Slacker Radio mobile application also comes pre-loaded on the Samsung Vibrant, allowing anyone to listen to free personalized radio.
Gogo Inflight Internet service offers a bonus to consumers who purchase the Samsung Vibrant: up to a month of free in-flight Wi-Fi access on their device.
The Samsung Vibrant and its pre-loaded entertainment content is expected to be available to T-Mobile customers beginning July 21.
In addition, it is expected that beginning on July 1, users may pre-order the Samsung Vibrant at any one ofthe RadioShack stores. To pre-order, customers must purchase a $50 gift card, which will be applied toward the retail price of the device. Customers can schedule an appointment to pick up and activate their devices at RadioShack stores with anticipated availability starting July 21. Customers who pre-order at RadioShack will receive a $50 gift card by mail after purchasing their phone with qualifying voice and data plan on a two-year contract. The ability to pre-order is also expected to be available online at http://www.radioshack.com/vibrant beginning July 1.