Samsung Epic 4G goes on sale

World's second 4G phone hits stores in US on Sprint network

With a price premium over the HTC EVO 4G, the world's second 4G phone goes on sale.

Samsung's Epic 4G has finally gone on sale in the US, with customers being able to bag the world's second 4G handset for the princely sum of £162 ($249.99). However the phone will only be available on a two-year contract so punters will be in it for the long haul.

The Epic 4G is the second phone to utilise Sprint's 4G network which offers vastly superior download/upload speeds to anything else on the market. Shipping with Android 2.1 and the Samsung TouchWiz overlay it also has a super-clear 4-inch AMOLED screen and the same 1GHz Snapdragon processor seen in the Galaxy S. Add to that an 8MP sensor and slide out QWERTY keyboard and it definitely has the specs to rival HTC's EVO offering.

Related links:
- Samsung Epic 4G announced
- HTC 4G Evo: a visual tour
- Samsung Craft: World's first LTE phone
- Samsung 4G Epic pre-orders sold out

The arrival of the Epic 4G of course raises the question of whether we might see something similar heading our way in the future. With Britain's own 4G LTE network undergoing testing, could we be soon be looking forward to our own version of the Epic 4G?

For the moment though the big UK Android-based Samsung arrival will be the Galaxy S Tab, hoping to make as big an impact in the tablet world, as the Epic 4G is aiming for in the mobile arena.

Links: Engadget