Samsung Epic 4G Android launched

Samsung drops another Android smartphone in our laps

The Samsung Epic 4G smartphone was announced by US network Sprint today, just weeks after their launch of the HTC Evo 4G.

The first 4G smartphone to have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, it also boasts a 5MP autofocus camera, LED flash and a VGA webcam. It can shoot HD video (720p) and runs on the 1GHz Hummingbird processor.

The first 4G mobile phone, the HTC Evo, apparently sold very well on launch day, although its gargantuan claims were later retracted.

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While the company did not disclose pricing or delivery information, the new smartphone - the world's second 4G mobile phone - will run on Android 2.1 with an eventual upgrade to Android 2.2 FroYo.

4G phones are currently not available in the UK which still runs on a 3G network. Mainland Europe already has 4G networks in operation, with trials of the 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) service being conducted in the UK.

With these trials under way, it's only a matter of time before 4G networks are launched in the UK.